CBS All Access: Is it worth your $6 a month?

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A live broadcast of "The Price is Right" streaming via KOVR-TV Sacramento on the CBS service "All Access" (Photo: The Desk)

A live broadcast of “The Price is Right” streaming via KOVR-TV Sacramento on the CBS service “All Access” (Photo: The Desk)

Editor’s note: CBS All Access has become a more-visible streaming product since this post was first published in October 2014, and with it has come a number of Google searches for reviews and technical support on the service. The Desk has received numerous phone calls and e-mails from CBS All Access customers inquiring about technical and billing support. For assistance with your service, please check out the CBS All Access FAQ page by clicking here. To sign up for a free trial, click here.

On Wednesday, CBS became the latest company to jump into the premium streaming video environment with the launch of its “All Access” service. For $6 a month, CBS offers users access to thousands of episodes of classic television programs from the CBS library as well as a handful of new and past episodes from shows currently broadcast by the network. In addition, CBS is making live broadcasts from more than a dozen television markets available online — a first for the network.

In releasing “All Access,” CBS is finally acknowledging that streaming media solutions are the future for broadcasters. While other networks are snuggling even closer to pay TV platforms through the “TV everywhere” business model (tying access to live video and on-demand programming to a cable or satellite subscription), CBS went in the opposite direction with All Access: The service seems targeted at cord-cutters who want to watch live and on-demand television programming without paying $70 a month to cable.

As a cord-cutter myself, the launch of a standalone live-on demand hybrid product from one of the country’s major broadcast networks is exciting — it signals that big programming providers are starting to embrace the Internet as they look beyond cable and satellite for longevity. But after playing around with All Access for a day, I found the service falls short of being a complete solution separate from cable — and in many cases, the product doesn’t live up to many of the promises made in CBS’s press release.

CBS classic archive

For years, CBS was a network synonymous with groundbreaking entertainment programming. CBS touched on many hit shows over the years, even some that appeared on other networks — among them, “I Love Lucy,” television’s first syndicated program; the hit teen dramas “Melrose Place” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” the science fiction show “Star Trek” and more recent hits like “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Good Wife.”

These shows and several others (“Frasier,” “Taxi,” “Survivor”) are part of CBS’s massive backdated library made available through the All Access service. Hundreds of classic TV episodes are available to stream on a computer and through the CBS app commercial-free with an All Access subscription — and CBS promises many hit programs that currently air on the network will be made available on the service as well.

No on-demand episodes -- just clips -- of popular CBS programs including "The Big Bang Theory" and "Mike & Molly."

Few on-demand episodes of popular CBS programs like “The Big Bang Theory.” (Photo: The Desk)

But that’s where the service starts to fall short on its promises: You won’t find many current episodes of hit CBS shows like “The Big Bang Theory” (only five episodes from Season 8 are currently available), “Two and a Half Men” (only one episode), “Mike and Molly” (only clips, no full episodes) or “Two Broke Girls (again, only clips). CBS promises that full episodes of these shows will be made available one day after they air on network affiliates, though it is unclear how many of these shows will be catalogued for All Access subscribers and for how long.

Even CBS’s classic library leaves a lot to be desired: Many of these shows are already available to stream on other services that offer a lot more programming for just a few more dollars. “Frasier,” “Cheers” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” are all available to stream commercial-free on Netflix; back episodes of “The Good Wife” and “I Love Lucy” are available on Hulu Plus. Both services offer television programming and Hollywood films from other networks and studios each for under $10 a month, while All Access limits users to just shows from the CBS archive. The additional programming options alone means customers are better off paying an extra $3-4 a month for Netflix or Hulu Plus (or an extra $10 a month for both) over All Access.

CBS live television stream

Along with thousands of on-demand episodes from past and present CBS shows, the network is also offering a live television simulcast of fourteen CBS-owned local stations.

Users who live in or around Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Sacramento and San Francisco. CBS promises additional areas will be covered over time as future agreements are reached with affiliates owned by other companies.

Unlike similar solutions offered by other networks (notably, “Watch ABC“), the online simulcast isn’t tied down to a pay TV service, meaning the live stream is available to All Access subscribers regardless of whether or not they have a cable or satellite subscription.

CBS uses geolocation to determine where an All Access subscriber lives and which CBS station is available to stream, if any. This makes for an interesting loophole: Using an Android tablet and an app called “Fake GPS,” I was able to watch local CBS stations from all over the country by virtually “moving” to another metropolitan area. Where I should be limited to just the CBS station that serves my community (in my case, KOVR), I was successfully able to watch KPIX in San Francisco, KCBS in Los Angeles, KYW-TV in Philadelphia and WCBS in New York (a similar loophole allowed me to watch New York broadcasts on another service called Aereo long after I had moved to California; Aereo shut down earlier this year).

A live television broadcast from Philadelphia station KWY-TV, access from San Francisco via a geolocation loophole. (Photo: The Desk)

A live television broadcast from Philadelphia station KWY-TV, accessed from San Francisco via a geolocation loophole. Despite the caption, the station is actually airing a soap opera. (Photo: The Desk)

This loophole (which is legal) could work to the advantage of CBS enthusiasts west of the Central Time Zone: Instead of waiting two or three hours for the latest episode of “The Good Wife,” a user could virtually move to any number of cities with a CBS-owned station east of the Mississippi and watch live television programming in tandem with those on the opposite coast.

In the future, CBS might close this loophole by tying live video streams to a customer’s billing address. This could be problematic for many customers though: The service is built on the idea that a customer can access anything he or she wants to from any device at any time. Anchoring the live stream to a billing address would almost certainly prevent frequent travelers from accessing one of the core features of the service, which would significantly devalue the product.

College sports, but no football

The biggest disadvantage to All Access was conveniently left out of the network’s announcement Wednesday morning: CBS does not have the right to stream games from the National Football League, so even if you live in one of the fourteen markets where you can watch live television through All Access, you won’t be able to watch football games when they are broadcast on Thursday and Sunday nights.

CBS does not have streaming rights to NFL games, so don't expect to see them on All Access. (Photo: The Desk)

CBS does not have streaming rights to NFL games, so don’t expect to see them on All Access. (Photo: The Desk)

In a statement, a CBS executive told the New York Times that it is discussing the prospect of bringing NFL games to the service sometime in the future. This seems very unlikely to happen anytime soon: The NFL just renewed a multi-year deal with satellite company DirecTV for the broadcast and online streaming rights to live out-of-market football games (a little-known secret is you can sign up for the same Sunday Ticket package without a DirecTV subscription).

That’s not to say All Access is devoid of sports altogether: CBS has the streaming rights to college athletic events, including college football, and those events will be available to stream on All Access via the local broadcasters. That alone could make the $6 a month price tag worth it to college sports fans.

The verdict: A good start, but comes up short

If you’re a cord-cutter, chances are you’ve invested in a decent antenna for over-the-air broadcasts and have access to either Netflix or Hulu Plus (or both). If that’s the case, skip All Access — many of the classic CBS shows are available on Netflix and Hulu, and the live stream video service doesn’t offer anything you wouldn’t otherwise get with your antenna (in fact, it offers less).

On the other hand, if you live on the west coast and you can’t wait three hours for your soap operas and prime-time TV shows, or if you’re a college sports enthusiast who wants to watch live games on your phone or tablet, then $6 a month is a small price to pay for the convenience of early access and mobile entertainment. If that’s you, then give All Access a try — CBS is offering a one-week free trial for new subscribers.

Overall, “All Access” is a good (and noble) effort by a major television network to de-couple itself from pay television services, on which it often hinges for survivability. But “All Access” fails to provide unique classic programming and an adequate selection of current shows, and while the live streaming service is nice, it’s simply can’t compete with “free.” In the end, you’re much better off buying an antenna and spending a few dollars more on another streaming service.

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  • WhyMeLord

    CBS All Access: Is it worth your $6 a month?

    no

    • http://matthewkeys.net Matthew Keys

      Succinct.

      • WhyMeLord

        The next question which part of no does CBS not understand?

      • Joey Birtman

        I am confused why CBS started charging for All Access. You used to be able to watch all their shows a day after in the CBS App. They now charge for it, but NBC’s app is still free. Same with Watch ABC.

        • Mary McGuirk

          not sure how ABC is on free watching…i used to watch them when they were free until i found other ways to see things, but DWTS is not shown right away if at all anymore, and that was all I wanted to watch live, so I could vote ;-)

        • DD1946

          The only reason I’d ever want it is to see a program that I missed which I can do FOR FREE on the other broadcast station web sites. Total thumbs down. Not going to pay for free TV!

        • http://matthewkeys.net Matthew Keys

          CBS has always charged for “All Access.”

  • MtM

    You failed to mention that you pay $6/month, but you still have to watch commercials! It’s absurd. $6 for one channel. Netflix is only $8! If we have to pay $6 for every channel we wanna watch, we’ll fast overtake the typical $70 cable bill most are complaining about these days.

    • http://matthewkeys.net Matthew Keys

      I didn’t fail to mention that. It would be absurd to think that someone would get access to a live stream that basically simulcasts an over-the-air signal without the commercials. And I made clear the classic shows were the commercial-free offerings.

      Also, Netflix is $9 for new customers, not $8.

      Also also, I said CBS All Access was not worth paying for.

      • azinck3

        Except the “classic” shows aren’t commercial-free. Even the non-live content has commercials — a lot of them — injected into it.

        • http://matthewkeys.net Matthew Keys

          At the time of my review — when the app first came out — they were commercial-free.

    • SteveC1

      And Netflix is now $10/month for HD, $12/month for their version of 4k.

      And STILL not worth $6/month for CBS All Access.

  • s

    When can you watch a new episode?

    • http://matthewkeys.net Matthew Keys

      Usually the day after it airs.

  • abby normal

    It’s not as easy to use as Netflix, which keeps track of which episodes you’ve watched. CBS All Access doesn’t do this and it’s a major annoyance. CBS needs to address this shortcoming. Also, I encounter frequent buffering when streaming my local CBS station when though my ISP provides 23 Mbps. That makes it almost unwatchable at times.

  • Royg

    Seems like they have started encoding some of their cable programing where-by
    if you try to record on a DVR (mine is a Samsung) it wont show the program. You wind up with a DVR disk with nothing on it. I’m told by Direct TV that it’s seems their programs (CBS) are being encoded by the network.

  • https://www.microdatalogic.com Maurizio De Luca

    – Annoying, repetitive commercials (add some more variety please).
    – Better yet, don’t show any commercials or perhaps just show a couple at the beginning of each video, not during.
    – Lower video quality then Netflix/Amazon/Google Play.
    – Frequent stops due to low server bandwidth, especially in the evenings.
    – Skipping on the timeline causes commercials to play, in addition to the predefined spots where commercials are already shown anyway.
    – Very Low audio quality
    – Dolby not supported
    – Missing -10 and +30 seconds buttons
    – Episodes are shown from last to first (if I subscribe to CBS to watch my favorite shows, I would want to start streaming them from first episode to last)
    – Does not keep track of which videos of a specific season I have already watched
    – Not all shows have all seasons available

    • MWrando

      Those commercials are intolerable. It’s like they’re trying to torture us.

  • aklinda1

    1 week free trial and I’ve already decided that free is to expensive. Sloooooow + commercials plus would not play to the end because I have a particular ad blocked. Can’t binge watch because it takes all day to get one hour long episode almost to the end.

  • John Galt

    All 4 locals in my current cable bill is $2.99 with commercials. For $6 for a single network, the only way to justify that is to go commercial free except when watching live, and all shows should be released commercial free at the same time they’re on live TV if not sooner. To me, Live TV is there for watching the news and that’s it. The rest I don’t want to watch live, I want to watch the show without commercials. With HULU now $12 / month without commercials and having the bulk of the other networks on there same day or next day for all new shows that works out to $4 / network and that’s if you ignore CW content and all of the movies as well.

    CBS is ripping everyone off. $4-6 without commercials or forget it.

    • http://matthewkeys.net Matthew Keys

      Wish I had your cable service. Comcast charges $20 a month for limited basic cable (local channels, public access, Discovery and Pop TV).

  • Bill

    What a total joke CBS is providing. I thought Hulu was bad with commercials until I tried CBS All Access. There are always the same 3-4 commercials that are inserted almost randomly. Before this experience, I was fairly indifferent to most companies that advertise. Now – I absolutely loathe Home Depot and Microsoft because it’s the same ad – over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. I’m aware the last sentence was annoying but CBS is 100 times worse. If I have to see those toddlers for Windows 10 too much more I might want to step in front of a bus. The entire half dozen companies with their cheesy ads are somehow misled that the cheap costs to post their commercials are a great pay back……..they would be wrong. GREED will always bring down a person or company in the end. Try it for a week for free (aka: purgatory) and you too will find out that Netflix and Amazon have set the benchmarks for streaming video media. The rest of the players are so far behind and ‘clunky’ it’s a joke to even join the field. P.S. – keep a mute button ready to fire during the so called free week – you’re going to need it.

    If it was free and stayed as it is now – I WOULD STILL PASS ON IT.

    It’s so obvious (from the other comments) that CBS should get out of this arena.

    • http://matthewkeys.net Matthew Keys

      Parts of it are free — you can watch some CBS shows one day after they air on CBS.com.

      • Vsanborn

        Not true. I have spent 1/2 hour trying. What a joke.

        • http://matthewkeys.net Matthew Keys

          I’m not sure what’s wrong with your computer then. There are plenty of shows offered for free on CBS.com the day after they air.

          • Vsanborn

            Not on my iPad. On my laptop, yes.

          • Vsanborn

            Yes, on my laptop and computer. And I do watch the shows on those devices. But my iPad insists that I must download the CBS app, which insists I pay up or join a 30-day free trial. No thanks.

  • TheWord.smith

    Is there anyone who’s tried the service that can tell me if the livestreaming function can play 1080p?

    • SteveC1

      I have tried the service via its Roku “app” with an Ethernet and HDMI-connected Roku 3, 25-30 mgb/sec cable Internet service and 65″ 1080p plasma set. Although my Roku technically outputs everything to the set via a 1080p signal and does not seem to offer a way to identify the actual resolution of the source material, I can safely say that the CBS app APPEARS to offer current shows with video of at least 720p or 1080i quality.

      HOWEVER – Many (maybe most or all, who knows) of its OLDER “archive library” shows (e.g. Frasier) often APPEAR to be of lower video quality than those same shows appear to be when viewed from Hulu, VuDu, etc.

  • LAFFIN-ALL-THE-WAY!

    If you are PAYING , why do you get COMMERCIALS????

    • http://matthewkeys.net Matthew Keys

      CBS is posting the shows they have digital first-run rights for, which commands a higher price than shows in syndication. That’s why you’re likely to see more ads on All Access over competitors like Netflix and Amazon, which don’t have any commercials at all.

      As for the live video streams, CBS is merely repurposing the broadcast signals of their stations and affiliates, complete with advertisement breaks. There’s talks that CBS will insert web-specific ads in the future, but since the ad breaks are going to be there on broadcast TV, your shows are going to be interrupted anyway on the simulcasted live feed.

      • SteveC1

        Matthew – Just an FYI, in case you missed my latest post here:

        NEW UPDATE: CBS has decided to start to try offering some new series ON CBS ALL ACCESS *ONLY*.

        The first new, “only in All Access” series will be A NEW STAR TREK TV SERIES. Only its 1st, premier episode will be broadcasted on the CBS network – in January 2017; all subsequent episodes will be on All Access ONLY.

        This certainly may very well “change the equation” for many consumers.

        While CBS has been contemplating such a thing for about a year or two now, today’s announcement is the first official acknowledgement of the company’s decision to go ahead with such a streaming-only offering.

    • SteveC1

      – Not to belittle Matthew’s reply to your posted question in the least, I must add that it is well known that CBS Corp. is simply doing its very best to maximize profits. It’s truly that simple; the $6/month fee was not based on much anything else. You might also notice that more of the network’s shows are now produced, co-produced and/or owned by CBS than in prior years – for same said reason.

      • http://matthewkeys.net Matthew Keys

        The $6 a month fee was to appease the non-CBS broadcasters for the linear part of the project while at the same time giving off the appearance that the service was undercutting the cost of Netflix and Hulu, its two main competitors.

    • acanthus

      I KNOW! Better to get cable, or satellite, because even though you pay a lot more, and get a bunch of channels you don’t care about, at least you aren’t paying for commercials!

      Oh. Wait. Yes you are–and a lot more of them too.

  • Ben Ellison

    I find CBS All Access almost un-watchable due to the volume of ads and how badly they’re presented. This Roku channel is also noticeably slow while the new no-ads Hulu + service runs beautifully.

    • SteveC1

      – Even the $8/month ad-driven Hulu plan now runs excellently.

  • SteveC1

    Have to say that even now – about 1 full year since this review was published – this service is STILL not worth $6/month. Unlike Hulu’s $8/month plan, CBS STILL can’t get the ad servers to “kick in” at exactly the right moments, resulting in lots of dead time and ads starting at odd moments. Video and audio quality are just OK, not up to competitors’ standards. Maybe a third of the ads are for CBS/Showtime shows – and THEIR a/v quality is worse than the other ads!

    Go for it only if you have absolutely no other choice or you’re some sort of unusual CBS addict.

    P.S. The FREE but little-known CBSN 24/7 CBS News Roku channel “app” is *EXCELLENT* – in terms of both content (live broadcast plus on demand clips, shows etc.) AND a/v quality… it too hasn’t quite mastered the ad server timing as well as Hulu has, but the service is FREE.

    • TrueBlueMajority

      say more please about the CBSN 24/7 CBS News Roku channel “app”. I have Roku but have never seen any CBS content offered there.

      • SteveC1

        Assuming you are in the US, when on your Roku just go into Search for CBS News (it will search in the channel store) and select that app for download to your Roku. Then go into Settings and do a System Update for immediate access.

        • TrueBlueMajority

          thanks for the fast reply this is great info

      • SteveC1

        BTW – CBSN is obviously national in coverage. If you want to view live LOCAL news and weather many affiliates broadcast on the LIVESTREAM Roku channel, and many are carried on the NOWHERE TV “private” channel (open to the public and legal but not officially endorsed by Roku).

  • David Austin

    Site never works. Literally never. My bandwidth is awesome. I live in Rocket City USA. Everything works… but CBS. They’ll still charge you though. Do not… and I mean do not… fall for this.

    • SteveC1

      It works. But if you or your DNS provider block certain *advertising* and/or data collection sites, this CBS service will not work for you. It’s either let them serve their ads to you and let them collect viewing data from you, or no programs to watch.

      • David Austin

        So. I have Comcast. The largest internet supplier in the United States. You’re telling me, that if you have this service that CBS probably won’t work. Not sure who you’re helping here. I do know this. The resolution provided is something I saw when everyone was amazed by a 56K modem that connected at 28.8. That’s what you get if you pay for CBS.

        • SteveC1

          No, that is NOT what I said.

      • Chipsterr

        “… It’s either let them serve their ads to you ”

        If they are trying to serve ads to me then why would I pay them for this service? Seems like double-dipping to me.

  • David Austin

    I’d post a pic of the screen that you ALWAYS get, which shows that the particular episode you’re attempting to watch is not available… But if you sign up for this, you’ll become all too familiar with it. And they don’t allow screen shots here. How odd.

  • TrueBlueMajority

    to be honest, I signed up for this just so I can watch Colbert on my computer when I am working late or on my phone if I am on the way home. Haven’t used it for any other shows yet.

    • http://matthewkeys.net Matthew Keys

      You can watch Colbert on your computer and your phone the day after the show airs. You don’t need the subscription for that if you can wait a day. All of the segments generally stream on the official Late Show YouTube channel as well.

  • SteveC1

    NEW UPDATE: CBS has decided to start to try offering some new series ON CBS ALL ACCESS *ONLY*.

    The first new, “only in All Access” series will be A NEW STAR TREK TV SERIES. Only its 1st, premier episode will be broadcasted on the CBS network – in January 2017; all subsequent episodes will be on All Access ONLY.

    This certainly may very well “change the equation” for many consumers.

    • Dennis C

      For Star Trek fans, maybe.

      • SteveC1

        This is just a first entry. Les Moonves is making good on his prior threats to the cable companies.

        • Sparks13

          Screw him. CBS is not worth $6 a month. With 100’s of channels available, you’d have to be a fool to cave to that kind of blackmail.

          • http://www.dogpatchphoto.com Mary Jo

            Many of us Trek fans agree. And then there’s the Paramount lawsuit against fan film Axanar. That just solidified it for me.

    • Sparks13

      I’ve been a Star Trek fan since the original started while I was in high school, but they can shove this where no one has gone before.

  • karenbrown65

    For me to pay for network television, several things would have to be in play. 1. no commercials. And that includes sidebar ads. If I’m paying, The I am PAYING. 2. Current season, the whole thing. 3. Original programming 4. Old programming from that network, again, all seasons. 4. Of course, not glitch, slow, or gaps in service.

  • GiantBuckeye

    I decided to try the CBS All Access service when they stopped offering “The Good Wife,” via Hulu. I have to say, I’m extremely UNDERWHELMED by the amount of ads that you have to sit through, (far more than on Hulu,) but that the transitions from commercial to commercial and back to the show are very slow and often unexpected. It’s the norm to cut to a commercial while an actor is in mid-sentence in a scene, and then return awkwardly to it. Then, forget about binge watching! You have to manually choose each episode, rather than having the next episode cue up as the previous one is running its credits. But did I tell you that I counted SIX commercials at the conclusion of one “The Good Wife,” episode? Idiotic. Bad execution CBS. Get better, or put your shows back on Hulu.

    • http://matthewkeys.net Matthew Keys

      The Good Wife is still on Hulu. CBS makes back episodes available only. It’s always been like this. If you want new episodes, you have to buy them from iTunes, Amazon or subscribe to CBS All Access.

      • GiantBuckeye

        Then they should move to NetFlix, where the model is to have full seasons, one year behind airing. I watch several shows on Hulu within 24 hours of airing. To give TGW a pass on this is ridiculous. Now, that there are only a few episodes left, I’ll weigh my options on whether it’s worth paying for this less than “prime time” service. They have a long way to go.

  • iSRS

    This is what bothers me “it is discussing the prospect of bringing NFL games to the service sometime in the future. This seems very unlikely to happen anytime soon: The NFL just renewed a multi-year deal with satellite company DirecTV for the broadcast and online streaming rights to live out-of-market football games ”

    I live in southern NH. I recently cut the cord. I have All Access. I can’t watch the Patriots games. I get to watch Survivor live with all the commercials. Why should football be any different? I can’t watch the Patriots if I pay for Sunday Ticket, because it isn’t an out of market game. So if the issue is revenue from commercials, I see the commercials. If I could get a strong signal with an antenna, I could watch it. So why is the fact that I am in my house, on my home wifi, and they are checking location, any different? It seems like it is something that would be in violation of the FCC. But no, no NFL for me.

    • http://matthewkeys.net Matthew Keys

      The rights to live sports is negotiated differently than the rights to television programs. Studios generally negotiate a lower amount, or bundle in the digital rights, to television programs like “Survivor” and “NCIS.”

      The NFL, on the other hand, does not, because it knows people will watch the games live on TV, and as the sole licenser of the sporting event, it can negotiate whatever amount it wants for the digital rights — or choose simply to not make digital rights available.

      Keep in mind that the NFL has an exclusive contract with DirecTV to make all football games available on the satellite platform, and with it comes the exclusive right to carry all of the games on their digital platforms as well (the NFL Sunday Ticket can be purchased as a standalone streaming service from DirecTV even if you don’t have satellite — something that isn’t advertised very much and isn’t generally well-known outside industry circles).

  • TakebackAmericafromProgressive

    iSRS, have you thought about using a VPN?

    Sorry CBS, but your content is so dated and limited I cannot see how anyone would decide $7 per month is worth it. Especially seeing as how you’ve decided to forego football. Streaming content is simply another way for networks to sell ads. If you want to force us to sit through ads, offer All Access for free. If you want to charge $84 per year, then keep the ads to a minimum. Sorry, but you can’t have it both ways. Oh what, I forgot, this is America. Of course you can it both ways. Just continue to sh!t on the consumer. As long as your stock price continues to climb. I say good riddance, network TV.

    Since it’s cheaper for networks to produce uninspiring “realiity TV”, this is going to be the bulk of their programming. That’s one of the reasons I no longer watch much TV, there’s nothing on. But for the few programs I enjoy, I watch them whenever I want, commercial free. Isn’t the internet great?!?

  • Lisa

    This is nuts! Cut the cord about a month ago, bought a DVR (one time purchase) have an antenna (One time purchase) and can catch ALL CBS shows for FREE over the air and can record thanks to the DVR! Why would I PAY for all access and have to watch commercials?? The big three that have been around since the inception of TV better get it together!! Even ABC and NBC if you wait a week after the original air date you can watch most missed episodes for free!! CBS seems to be getting a bit greedy!! They get paid for ads, if you PAY for cable they get paid again, they get paid by other advertisers if you watch online and then they want to charge you to watch using their app, please?!?!

    • Tracy G

      What DVR did you purchase? I am looking into this right now.

    • Annie

      Yeah. I strongly considered getting CBS All Access mostly because I’d love to watch shows that were around before I was born, before I was old enough to be in to them, or shows I loved as a kid.

      My son (he’s in kindergarten) adores Star Trek TNG on BBC America. I love watching it with him, just like I loved watching it with my dad when they were new when I was my son’s age. But my favorite Star Trek show when I was a kid was Voyager (much to my dad’s chagrin. He will always be loyal to Capt Kirk). I haven’t watched it since episodes were new, and if don’t remember much. I’d love to watch it again and see if it holds up. I’d also love to be able to watch my favorite Original Series episodes (The Trouble with Tribbles, anyone?) with my son and see if TNG still holds up as his favorite show compared to DS9, Voyager and Enterprise (my husband’s favorite.)

      I’d also love to show my son some of the shows I adored on Nick at Night as a kid like I Love Lucy and The Odd Couple.

      I’d happily pay $6 a month for a time (basically until I rewatch all of Voyager.) for access to these things, but NOT if they’ll be interrupted by ads and be forced to use a buggy app. And given that my son is 6, I can guarantee that any show interrupted by long commercials, no matter how good, will drop his attention fast. He’d rather play Legos and just not watch tv than watch shows with commercial breaks longer than about a minute.

    • Kelly Wys

      Trying to cut the cord, with an antenna, can you watch your favorite TV shows live, in real time??

      • Lisa

        Yes, most of my favorite shows are on local stations i.e. ABC, CBS, NBC, etc.

      • Lisa

        Yes, if it’s on local stations, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc.

  • disqustang

    Disappointed that newer shows like Supergirl have as many commercials as your local CBS station. Also, you are mistaken about the Archives; for instance, Star Trek was on NBC. Hey, where are the Beverly Hillbillies??

    • http://matthewkeys.net Matthew Keys

      I’m not mistaken about the archives. The broadcast rights to Star Trek went to NBC for its original run, but Star Trek was a Paramount production. Paramount was purchased by Viacom, which became part of CBS, thus the Paramount TV library is now owned by CBS.

      • disqustang

        Sorry. You even said some of the shows were on other networks. My bad.

  • JoeP

    Also disappointed … the commercials are way too long … the live TV cannot be paused – they initially said their classic archive shows would be commercial free – and they were … but not any more – even they have long winded commercials – they can do better – much better …

  • Nancy K

    Thank you for your review! Helped me decide to pass. I refuse to pay for additional programming that contains commercials. I cut the cord 2 yrs ago. I hate commercials so much I may even discontinue Hulu Plus, as they seem to be having as many commercials as the free version (when I first started). No access to sports? Deal breaker for hubby. I was surprised he even discontinued cable due to less access to hockey. We’re coping, and realizing we have a much more active life without television!

    • Suntop Kinseeker

      Actually if you pay 2 more a month, no commercials on Hulu. They finally stop being idiots. They have Free with commercials, then 2 paid levels level 1 with limited commercials and level 2 which has no commercials.

      • Nancy K

        I signed up for the $8.99 plan to reduce exposure to commercials; the limited commercials plan have increased the frequency of commercials over the last year and are repetitive. Now they’ve added the 3rd tier which is a way for Hulu Plus to increase the price. I won’t pay $2. a month more and still get commercials. Since I pay for Hulu now and only watch a few shows, I’ve decided to drop it altogether. Many of the shows are now already in reruns for the season and don’t have new shows over the holidays. I have decided I prefer to do more productive things with my time and $.

        • Suntop Kinseeker

          No you will get NONE on the 3rd tier. The 1st tier is free and mass commercials 2nd tier the 8.99 a month is less but commercials still and the 3rd tier has NONE. I subscribe at that level no commercials.

          • Nancy K

            I am not interested in paying more. I am no longer a subscriber.

          • Suntop Kinseeker

            Well, that’s fine, I was just telling you a solution. But to do what you did is a solution too. :)

    • notsofastnow

      Try Hulu ad free. It’s worth the extra $4 to banish commercials from TV programs.

  • Nan Holcomb

    I signed up for this, but am going to cancel because the commercials are endless, and, what is worse, the streaming is hopeless. There are constant pauses while it reloads; one program I attempted to watch took over a hour and a half for a one hour program. Phooey. None of the other streaming stations I follow have this problem, so I can only assume it is CBS’s inability produce these programs online. I just bought an antenna, and am going to invest in a DVR.

  • Stanley Greenberg

    Tried this for a week on Apple TV, couldn’t stand all the ads. Now that I’ve cancelled, Apple TV won’t let me watch what is free on my computer, i.e. recent episodes of The Good Wife. How do you get back to that status? Am I marked for life?

    • Zacharias Beckman

      Agreed about the commercials. Worse, if you stop watching a show, you can’t come back to it and resume without watching the commercials AGAIN. Bleah.

  • Zacharias Beckman

    The Apple TV CBS app and All Access is horribly buggy. It skips content after each commercial segment. If the commercial segment is 3 minutes, then it will skip the first 3 minutes of the show after random commercial segments — usually it happens 2 or 3 times in a given show. For example, I just tried to watch episode 5 of Limitless: It skipped from about 27 minutes to 30 minutes, and again toward the end, around 40 to 43 minutes.

    It’s glitchy too, pausing frequently and taking forever to start up. None of the other streaming apps out there seem to have these problems.

    CBS should NOT be charging people for this buggy, infuriating service. I can’t believe what a lousy experience they are pawning off on their customers.

  • Pablo

    I originally signed up for this to watch old Odd Couple episodes. But it seems some are missing. Some are missing from Hulu as well (I signed up for a 3-month free trial). Anybody have any idea why? I did notice that the ads are not in the old shows. When I first signed up about a month ago, there were a few at the beginning, but I’m not seeing them now.

  • acanthus

    Wow. I’m not sure what’s up with the criticisms I’m reading…

    Yes, there are commercials, but at 2 minutes or less each, they are shorter than those on regular cable/over the air. Unless you’re talking about live TV, and then the ads are, well, the same as any live TV service. If you get cable or dish, you’re paying for commercials, too.

    You CAN pause live TV…sort of. Press the * button on the Roku, and you can pause briefly. (Not sure how long, but not indefinitely.)

    If your stream is glitchy, chances are it’s your wifi, ethernet, or ISP. I have broadband cable and wifi, and I have very few issues with interruptions. It happens, but it’s not as bad as I’d get with cable. Plus, if the show is not streaming well live, I can just wait until the next day and watch it on demand.

    For cable cutters like me, for whom OTA antennae don’t work (I get my local PBS station, and that’s it.), this is the ONLY way to watch some of the best (IMO) shows–most of them are NOT available on Hulu, and only past seasons on Netflix. I probably watch 10 or 12 CBS shows, and that makes the $6 worth it.

    The lack of NFL is the one drawback–but it’s not enough for me to shell out $50+ per month for cable just for that.

    • DN1002

      In my area, antenna reception is very poor. That why you don’t see any TV antennas on roof tops. All I can get is PBS, some independents that run old movies or old TV shows, and sometimes NBC.

      • acanthus

        So, it sounds like getting All Access wouldn’t make sense for you, if it’s just for one show. If I only wanted to watch one show, I wouldn’t get it either!

        Perhaps cable cutters don’t mention data usage because it’s irrelevant to their service. I pay for a high speed cable internet connection, and I watch on my Roku, and very rarely on my laptop. Data usage just isn’t a factor. I can see how watching on your phone might be problematic, but you can’t get cable or satellite tv on your phone, and that’s what we’re comparing when we talk about cable cutting. So, that is probably why it’s never talked about.

        • DN1002

          What do you mean “watch on my Roku”? You watch on a TV or monitor that gets data from your Roku streaming device that gets the data from the internet through your cable modem. That’s internet data usage. Every bite of data that passes your Roku also passes through your cable modem.

          Whether data usage is a cost factor depends on how much data you stream and on the data plan included with your internet service. No internet service supports unlimited downloading for all customers.

          Video streaming uses up a lot of bandwidth and creates internet congestion which slows down the internet for all users. ISPs have to provide infrastructure to support this, and that costs money. Somebody has to pay for the bandwidth to support all this “cord cutting” you advocate.

          If you exceed your data usage quota, your ISP can throttle your download speed or surcharge you. My $65/mo. internet service provides 50GB download speed and 350GB data usage per month– enough for more than 5 hours of HD streaming per day. More than enough for my video streaming needs.

          There was a time when some ISPs were blocking Netflix because of bandwidth issues. Netflix streaming customers can choose SD over HD to reduce data usage.

          • acanthus

            Sigh. Please excuse my use of “shorthand” to express that I watch television by streaming my internet through a Roku device (via Wi-Fi on one device, and ethernet cable on another) to the aforementioned television. It was clearly wrong of me to try to keep my message brief. To anyone who misunderstood me and thought I was staring intently into my little black Roku device to watch episodes of M*A*S*H, forgive me. I should have spoken more accurately. I will endeavor to be more pedantic for you.

            I don’t get charged any data overages. I know some people do, but since I don’t , I’m assuming that a lot of other people do not as well. I strongly suspect that people who would get charged prefer not to make use of data-heavy streaming services–or, they switched their ISP or internet plan to one that offers more bandwidth. Hence, my observation that this may be why the subject is “never talked about” by cable cutters.

            I know it’s an issue. It’s also an issue that is being addressed. For example, Netflix is re-digitizing their entire library to take up less bandwidth. Given the rate of growth of the internet just in the past ten years, I think it’s fair to predict that it will continue to grow, and ISPs will continue to increase their capabilities. It wasn’t that long ago that 56.6k was considered extremely fast for a modem.

            You seem perturbed. I’m sorry that this is such a touchy subject for you. But, I think you are going to see more streaming services in the future, so you might want to make some peace with it.

            I respect that cable-cutting is not for everyone. TV is a terrible addiction. The only way I could get rid of cable TV was by replacing it with something similar, but at least I’m saving nearly $100 a month, which takes some of the sting out of it. Also, I’m no longer a slave to the TV schedule, or the vicissitudes of a DVR. (I’m also saving on my electric bill, not having to keep a DVR powered on all the time. ) I can watch what I want, when (and if) I want, and I’m saving over a grand a year when I do it. That works for me. If it doesn’t work for you, that’s fine. You are free to pay for cable or satellite and Tivo if that’s what you prefer.

            My main point, which still stands, is that I don’t understand why people who have used All Access are being so critical of it. It works well for me, and it fulfills a need/want. Having ads on streaming services is a common complaint, and it makes no sense. You pay a lot more for cable/satellite, and there are a lot more commercials on those services.

          • mockinbird

            Since you seem to have used it for a while, I’ll ask you (yes, I’ve searched a bit, but have found conflicting info):

            I just signed up for a 2 month free trial via Chromecast.

            I did this *mostly* so I could watch CBS Sunday Morning. No, I’m neither 70 nor a Viagra commercial aficionado ;) I’m 35 and have been a cord cutter since about 2008, but I grew up watching that show and I frikkin’ love it. It’s like a nice cup of coffee and the Sunday paper, but with sun-based artwork and the *original* Moment of Zen.

            But it’s not there!

            It’s listed as an available show, but not even clips are turning up – and, hell, I can watch the clips online. I want the whole, glorious experience of its dulcet tones and slightly highbrow personal interest stories.

            Is its absence a recent thing or has it always been not available.

          • acanthus

            I’m not sure where you’re seeing that it’s listed as available…I don’t see it on the All Access app at all. There’s 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, CBS Evening News, but no Sunday Morning. I don’t know for sure if it’s ever been on there, as it’s not a show I watch, but I don’t recall seeing it.

            Have you been able to watch it live on All Access? Unless it’s pre-empted for some reason, it should be streaming live on whatever channel you get in your area through the All Access app/website.

          • jholgate

            Ugh, CBS Sunday Morning is what I fast forward through to get to Face the Nation :-D

          • mockinbird

            Hey, I’m not proud of it, but I’ve seriously loved that program since I was a little kid.

          • http://sassygalreads.blogspot.com Jessica Hubbard

            I have cable internet and trust me it’s unlimited. My knowledge and experience with high speed internet, most DSL, cable companies don’t have a data cap every month. They have different packages for how fast your internet is, but I know for myself I have unlimited data.

            Most satellite internet providers do limit how much data you use and of course cell phone providers also limit your data usage.

            Of course, all companies are different and cable companies vary by where you live so perhaps it’s different where you live, but to just assume that all providers limit your data is an inaccurate assumption.

          • http://matthewkeys.net/ Matthew Keys

            Certain ISPs are imposing data caps on their service. Comcast is testing data caps of around 250 to 300 GBs in certain markets, while leaving it unlimited for everyone else. Likewise, AT&T has a hard data cap of 250 GB for almost all U-Verse customers (it’s slightly higher for U-Verse Gigabit customers).

          • DN1002

            I have cable internet, and trust me. It’s not unlimited.

            You talk about how ISPs “have different packages for how fast your internet is.” Well, my ISP, Cox Communications, does have different packages, and here’s what Cox says about its packages:

            “Cox High Speed Internet packages include various speeds and Data Plans tailored to provide you with plenty of freedom to stream, surf, download and share. See the table below for available options. NOTE: Unused data does not carry over to the next month.”:

            Package Cost Data Limit Download/Upload
            ==========================================
            Starter $30/mo 150 GB/mo 5 Mbps / 1 Mbps
            Essential $49/mo 250 GB/mo 15 Mbps / 2 Mbps
            Preferred $65/mo 350 GB/mo 50 Mbps / 5 Mbps
            Premier $75/mo 700 GB/mo 100 Mbps / 10 Mbps
            Ultimate $100/mo. 2000 GB 200 Mbps / 20 Mbps
            Gigablast ??? . 2000 GB 1 Gbps / 1 Gbps

            Q: Will I be billed if I exceed these plans?
            A: Cox is conducting a limited data usage trial in Cleveland, Ohio. In all other markets, Cox does not currently charge additional fees if your data plan is exceeded.

            Q: Will Cox throttle my speeds if I exceed my Data Plan?
            A: There will be no change to the speed or quality of your Internet service if you exceed your Data Plan.

            Cox says that currently, only a very small percentage of its customer exceed their data limit.

            (I have the Preferred package, with a data limit of 350 GB/mo. That’s and average of 11.67 GB/day. On one day, I used 11.2 GB!).

            I also receive promos from AT&T and some other company for DLS internet services, and their data usage limits are around 60 GB/mo. Those companies DO charge extra and/or throttle speed is you exceed the data limit.

            You don’t seem to understand that the cable that carries your internet service does not have infinite bandwidth. You don’t seem to understand that the more people “cut the cord” by streaming, the more compressed the data, and more compression means lower quality. And it will also mean higher cable internet bills to provide the infrastructure to support all that data usage. So watch your cable internet bill go up after your cable TV bill goes down. The cable companies will make up for lost cable TV revenue by charging more for cable internet.

  • Mel Lord-Lloyd

    CBS is basically clueless in 2016. $72 a year to watch Supergirl, the only show which is NOT a cookie cutter of every other cop-csi-clone-show around.Maybe Ted Cruz WAS right. New York (Madison Avenue) suck. Please, don’t let CBS get their hands on a Star Trek Series in 2017. Wait… too late. The only media company worse than Disney/ABC/Lucas is CBS, this is NOT 1973 damnit.

    • acanthus

      I love Supergirl! But, I love a lot of CBS shows, so it’s well worth it for me. I’m excited for the new Star Trek series, too. I’m happy to spend 6 bucks a month. It’s way cheaper than cable.

      Something that people might be forgetting about streaming services like this one–you’re not locked into a contract, so you can get the service for a month, and cancel any time, as many times as you want. Since most of the shows on All Access have their entire catalog available on demand, if you’re patient, you could wait until the season is nearly done airing, then get one month of the service and binge watch all the episodes. . (I admit, it doesn’t work this way for every show. Some only have a handful of the most recent episodes available.) Or, get the service only for the months that the show is airing. That could easily cut the price in half, if you’re on the ball with the schedule.

      But, to each his own! It works for me…

  • http://sassygalreads.blogspot.com Jessica Hubbard

    It’s extremely annoying that I pay for Cable, but am expected by CBS to once again pay an additional fee so that I can watch episodes I missed because they only allow the last X shows to be on demand.

    I’ve watched Good Wife for years but tend not to watch live shows and so I missed almost this whole season and can’t get caught up now. I’m not going to pay $6 a month for what I feel should be free when I already pay monthly.

    I mean $6 for CBS, $8 for Hulu, paying for Charter cable.

    It wouldn’t be so bad if they charged for previous seasons , but I feel like you should be able to watch all current season episodes for free as part of what you pay for cable.

    • Fred Hofer

      My complaint exactly! No DirecTV entry code to watch missed episodes I’ve already paid to watch?

    • acanthus

      Nobody “expects” you do do anything. If you want the service, you’ll get it. If not, then either get DVR/Tivo or some other recording device to make sure you don’t miss your shows, or wait until they are re-run.

      Even on All Access, many shows only have a few of the most recent shows available to stream, much the same as the on-demand on their website. For example, on All Access, Big Bang Theory only has the five most recent episodes available. OTOH, you can watch any episode from any season of NCIS.

      I am far more annoyed with the exorbitant fees charged by cable companies, with rates rising every year for the exact same service. I save nearly $100 per month, and I watch virtually the same shows that I did when I paid a lot more.

  • mark waters

    CBS is saying they will stream super bowl 50 to the CBS Sports app. I will be viewing it on my Roku, does anyone know if they are going to be streaming it out 1080p?

    • jholgate

      I can’t say for sure, but I actually wouldn’t be surprised if they broadcast in 4K. It seems like the Super Bowl is always the first to be done in whatever the new technology is…

  • Fred Hofer

    I’m already paying DirecTV to watch it. Now $ again!

  • jholgate

    “CBS All Access: Is it worth your $6 a month?”

    No. No it is not. Not even for a “cable cutter,” let alone someone like me who is still whorin’ it with Kabletown so I can watch certain sports/teams. This is CBS putting itself above everyone else. No other network charges an ADDITIONAL fee for cable or satellite subscribers. I’m surprised their little experiment hasn’t failed already…

    • acanthus

      I’m a cable cutter and it is completely worth it to me.

  • http://www.dogpatchphoto.com Mary Jo

    My Tivo accidentally missed this past week’s Big Band Theory so thought I’d try the free trial to check this out, I was considering subscribing to binge watch old seasons of Big Brother and Survivor. But wow, I thought the ads on Hulu were annoying, this is unbelievable!! In this day and age when so many of us use Tivos/DVRs to skip over ads, it’s even more annoying to be forced to sit through so many ads, particularly when they are clearly being edited into spots that weren’t intended for ads, and are SOOOOO repetitive. With Hulu, they keep it to a number that isn’t quite so annoying, and you already are getting so much more content for the price, you don’t feel quite as screwed having to watch them….particularly now when you can choose to pay a bit more to go ad-free. From the comments I’ve seen on various sites, CBS is really losing a ton of business with trying to cram so many ads down our throat. Including mine.

    • acanthus

      Um…what are you talking about? The commercials are placed in the same place as they would be in a cable broadcast, and they are each two minutes or less–much shorter than the typical commercial break.

      I find it astonishing that “in this day and age” people have so little patience that they can’t stand a two minute break. Get up and get a glass of water, or do a few sit ups, or read an article in Reader’s Digest, or something–nobody says you are required to watch all the commercials. I usually mute them and chat with a family member, or something until the program is back on.

      DVRs/Tivo is great–until you have a power outage, or there was a program delay, or breaking new interrupts you recording, or the cable signal was weak that day, or the DVR randomly decided only to record the first minute of the show, or many other things that cause you program not to record properly. I wanted to watch Limitless, but it was preempted by election coverage. NBD, I just watched it on demand the next day. If I had DVR-ed it, I would have missed it.

      Ads will only be annoying if you allow them to annoy you.

      • Mitchiepoo Girtski

        It will only be annoying if you subscribe! Don’t be stupid, be like ME not like “acanthus” ! Do not pay to watch commercials.

        • acanthus

          Right, pay for a cable or satellite service instead, because they don’t have commercials! Oh, wait…YES THEY DO…and you’re paying for them. What’s the difference?

          Well, with All Access, I get only the channel I want, and not several dozen that I literally never watch. And, I get a service that works better than my DVR did at recording shows.

          If you don’t watch much CBS, or if you already get it OTA or with a cable/satellite subscription, then All Access is probably not for you. But for some people, it’s really great, and I’m not going to complain about commercials, because I’m an adult who is capable of either ignoring them, or finding something else to do while they are on, rather than be annoyed by it like an addict who has had their fix taken away, or a baby who lost his binky.

          • Mitchiepoo Girtski

            Yes YOU should pay for the commercials. I am gross and perverted, I’m obsessed and deranged, I have existed for years but very little has changed, I’m the tool of the government and industry too for I am destined to rule and regulate you. I am vile and pernicious but you can’t look away. I’ll make you think I’m delicious with the stuff that I say. I’m the best you can get. Have you guessed me yet? I’m the slime oozing out from your TV set. You will obey me while I lead you and eat the garbage that I feed you until the day that we don’t need you. Don’t run for help no one will heed you. Your mind will be controlled and stuffed into my mold until the rights to you are sold. You can’t stop me. But I stopped it. I don’t pay for commercials… EVER! It’s a choice, believe it or not. It is just a matter of what you are willing to subject yourself to.

        • acanthus

          That’s right! So, you’d all better cancel your cable or satellite services! Don’t want to pay for any TV service that includes commercials, right?

      • Kj Sewell

        Why are they charging for access if they don’t have all the episodes? That sounds really unreasonable. I have been reading what people are saying and it is not good. What is the point if you can’t binge watch their shows that they don’t even seem to have copies of all their shows? What’s up with that. I’m suppose to pay them $6 a month but not get all the episodes and still have to get commercials? They need a better plan because this one is unacceptable. It is not “all access”!!! That’s deceptive.

        • acanthus

          It’s true that some shows do not have a full catalog of episodes, but many of them do. It just depends on what interests you. It probably has something to do with who owns the replay rights. For example, All Access has only the 7 newest episodes, but you can see all the previous seasons on TBS–maybe they have some kind of exclusivity clause with syndication?

          For example, every episode of every Star Trek series is available. Same goes for NCIS, Amazing Race, Cheers, Scorpion, and many others. There is a weird glitch that makes it seem like there are only 10 episodes in each season–just scroll back and forth a couple frames, and all will show up.

          Netflix and Amazon can be just as bad about not having every episode. JAG seems to be impossible to find in it’s entirety. CBS All Access has the most–though not all. Some shows on Netflix are only available one season at a time.

          I don’t see how it’s deceptive–do they say anywhere that every CBS show ever is on there in it’s entirety? No. But, compare their on-demand library to any of the other major networks’ on-demand offerings and you’ll see All-Access has much more.

          If you already have CBS through cable, satellite, or OTA, then All Access might not be for you. However, if you do want to see some old episodes, or if you want to see Star Trek Discovery, remember that you don’t need to subscribe for 12 months! That’s part of the beauty of it–subscribe for a month or two, then cancel. Re-subscribe if there’s something you want to watch again.

          I’ve had it for over a year now. It works for me. Try it for yourself with their free trial and see if you actually like it. If not, you haven’t lost anything, and you can complain from a more informed position.

  • Bozo.

    CBS All Access is worth it for me..
    I have Netflix online & in the mail. Hulu +. CBS All Access & Warner Archives online.
    And over the air TV… 70 channels. Paying $53.00 a month for all of it…
    Saving all most $100 a month. My Cable bill was pushing $150.00 a month.. And that was with NO movie channels,sports..
    I’m not missing a thing…..

  • bob james

    whooppeeee! I get to pay now $7 a month, to watch a show 24hr AFTER it aired.
    I DON’T THINK SO. If I am paying to watch then I want it the same day.
    Right now I use the free version.
    I stream SIX services during the week / month.
    CBS is the only one that is screwed up.
    Constantly buffering ( especially during prime time) and keepts telling me my service is too slow.
    NO it is NOT. I can immediately switch to another service and it works just fine!!!
    What it is is the greedy SOB CEO’s at cbs trying to force me to buy their products by deliberately throttling the speeds.
    PIZZ on them I do NOT submit to blackmail and I will never buy it or a sponsor product because of it

  • notsofastnow

    Here’s my take: Anytime you have to pay for content punctuated with ads, it ain’t worth the price… Especially content as limited as that of CBS All Access (which should be called “CBS Some Access.” And you’re not even getting sports broadcasts.

    • LdyBozz

      I was mislead thinking pay for premium = no ads

  • http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/ Vincent Paterno

    Is “Mom” (my favorite sitcom) available through CBS All Access? And does it include all the prior episodes from this season? I missed several, and need to catch up.

  • MIKLO

    I just changed
    from a Roku 3 to a SkyStream x5 player and wow the x5 is so wicked. I kept
    Netflix and am thinking about getting the CBS All Access…. I mean 6 bucks a
    month aint a bad deal. Anybody thinking of getting rid of their cable now is
    the time in my opinion this new x5 does it all out of the box, although ya
    gotta call the company when ya first get so they can program their stuff(10
    min). After that if you’re a geek like me it is so amazing everything this
    thing can do, although I been using computers since DOS days I’m not at all
    familiar with android which is the system it uses. The App that makes all this
    possible is KODI which used to be XMBS or something like that, anyway try it
    you will like it :) BTW I aint a salesman nor do I work for any companies
    mentioned (IM retired :) I just hated getting screwed by cable companies for
    only a few channels I wanted. It really SUX that as a customer I can’t just pay
    for what I want, I know your gonna think its weird cuz I don’t want any sports
    channels. (another subject) Streaming is the future in my opinion and to only
    have to pay for an internet connection makes me happy.Now if only I had that
    slick 50 mile range wifi gizmo……. wifi is how Im streaming to my SkyStream
    x5 and my Roku 3. Have fun.

    MIKLO

  • http://discoverandthrive.com/ Jeanny House

    As a cord-cutter out of antenna reach of any CBS station, CBS All Access is worth it to me. It is not as reliable as other services like Netflix, Hulu, and even Acorn. It cuts out and stalls and I’ll get “No content available now. Please try later.” messages. But that only lasts for a few minutes. Overall, it’s worth it.

    It doesn’t take away my irritation that CBS doesn’t make its content available to Hulu like NBC, FOX, and ABC do.

  • William Stetler

    These games by CBS to Netflix and the rest a ridiculous for the number of channels that you would get trying to match the number of Channel if you get say on satellite would cost you way more than the satellite charges it’s not worth it and it’s just another money-grabbing scheme

  • Marc Parker

    I have subscriptions to Netflix and Amazon Prime and both work perfectly….CBS ALLACCESS DOES NOT!! The streaming is terrible, it drops after every one of their “commercial” breaks, even though those play perfectly. I have called to complain and get a blasé response…For a corporation that hauls in mega bucks for their cable programing, they should really learn to compete with the streaming programing of the top contenders….It’s pathetic!!

  • olddeegee

    The quality (especially the audio) needs work. Love the content, but fix the platform! I’m a current subscriber.

  • Benny Gill

    You can watch NFL on ScreenVariety Tv :D

    • Vince Martens

      I’m watching NFL online on ScreenVariety

    • Sherryl Keith

      ScreenVariety TV looking pretty juicy :)

  • carol

    Exactly, if they put a subscription fee on this after our almost $300 month to Directv oh He hockey sticks no.
    I pay for Netflix, Amazon and other!! Just to be able to watch a show or two.

    Which puts us at over $500 month not counting if we’ve let grandchildren get a few redbox …the cost has become unreal…some of it we Didnt realize they had fees!

    So, I ve decided to start cutting cost beginning with DTV good-by…
    These companies are getting wealthy on Americans Tax Payer Dollars!
    And tgsys not right !
    I remember when some satellite’s were sent up. I recall my grandfather and dad whom both worked in this field and men whom worked with NASA n Such along my dads last comments about how all of this BELONGS to AMERICANS and they should not be paying for what they already paid for.
    Now the towers and a small access fee OK possibly.. But this rape of us no.

  • Vic Bailey

    It is a RIP OFF subscribed then I found out I couldn’t get a lot of what I wanted then canceled but not before they hit my bank account for TWO charges of $5.99, just like their news media they are a bunch of LIARS, They must work for the Clinton Foundation. Semper Fi.