CBS All Access Streaming Service

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  1. getridofcable

    getridofcable Founding Member Founding Member

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    CBS is offering a online streaming service with full seasons, classic shows, and live broadcast of local programming in some major markets for$6 a month... more importantly they are the first major network to really acknowledge cord cutting!

    http://getridofcable.net/cbs-all-access
     
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  3. aaroncampbell72

    aaroncampbell72 New Member

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    I tried it out for a week, but ended up canceling. They were only offering last season's shows in their library and not all of their shows were available. I live in the Metro-Detroit area so I pick up a clear CBS channel OTA and my Media Center PC handles the TiVo functionality. I'm sure there are customers that will find this service useful, but I wasn't one of them.
     
  4. gmckee1985

    gmckee1985 Well-Known Member

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    I will pass on this one. You can get CBS for free. I really don't enjoy any of their shows so I don't really have any interest in paying for their services. About the only thing I like watching on CBS is my local news programming, and I'll occasionally watch 60 minutes or their news programming. That's about it though.
     
  5. galmal

    galmal Well-Known Member

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    It seems to me that $6 for one station is quite expensive, when I get 200 channels on Dish for only $60. I'm all for saving money, but I don't think this is for me - especially, if like @aaroncampbell72 says, it's only last season's shows. I can probably get most of them on netflix or hulu, along with all their other programming for just $8/month.
     
  6. Mockingbird

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    Yup, but this is pretty ground breaking none the less, because it is the beginning of a change from cable we will no doubt see more channels offer the option and the price go down. I never had a problem with the thought of paying for a channel ala carte, what I do not like is the thought that when I pay I am also being bombarded with commercials that also paid, it always felt like it was double dipping on the broadcasters part. Yes I understand it is expensive to run a network I get that.

    I would love to see some stats on how many people do watch the free episodes that are available online. I know I do. What I don't understand is why channels like CBS don't make the web content available to anyone in the world. I read comments from people in the UK and Canada that cannot see the streams. You would think this would be a perfect opportunity to enter a world market. Tell me that wouldn't sell ads! There has to be some sort of limitation on this.
     
  7. OhioTom76

    OhioTom76 Founding Member Founding Member

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    I dabbled with this a bit as well, with someone else's login information they had given to me to try out and see if I liked it. I wasn't entirely impressed either. At the very least, they should offer live access to shows instead of making people wait until the following day to see the episodes. Perhaps this is due to some contractual obligations they have with the cable companies, but they need to do away with those specifics ASAP if they want to compete with them. The cable companies should not be holding the networks hostage the way they are.

    It might be more of a value to someone who likes to watch old episodes of stuff, but for someone looking to cut their cable bill and only spend a few dollars a month for a few shows they like, this seems like an unnecessary expense to watch old shows or day old shows, when you could get the new shows for free already OTA.
     
  8. digitalsatori

    digitalsatori Well-Known Member

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    It is a step in the right direction, yes - but the price isn't down where it should be just yet. CBS hardly has the level of service Netflix or Hulu does, so I don't think a price point that close is reasonable. Now, if they offered a live stream and instant access to content? Totally worthwhile. But it's not worth it, in my opinion, at the current iteration.
     
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  9. LeoIrish

    LeoIrish Community Leader

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    I agree the price-point of CBS ($6) versus Netflix ($9) versus Amazon ($8.25 average per month) does not seem to make sense.
     
  10. bleblanc10

    bleblanc10 Well-Known Member

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    I tried this out but cancelled because I did not love it.
     
  11. LeoIrish

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    How was the quality of the streaming?
     
  12. bleblanc10

    bleblanc10 Well-Known Member

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    It was alright but I am in college so the Wifi is kind of wishy-washy so I cannot fault it too much. Not bad overall though!
     

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