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Cable cord cutters and potential cord cutters have a new reason to rejoice! CBS recently announced a new streaming service that will allow subscribers to watch its live programming and thousands of current and past shows on demand. The new service gives viewers on demand episodes of current shows like “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS” the day after they are shown, and more than 5,000 episodes labeled as CBS Classics like “Star Trek,” “Cheers” and “MacGyver.” (“Cheers,” though broadcast on NBC, is distributed by CBS Television.)
Add CBS to a variety of other subscription services, like Netflex, Hulu, Spirit TV, and more to open up a world of TV viewing without paying the high price of cable, satellite, or other telecommunicating services. As the wave of streaming services increases we're likely to see an increase in streaming options. For example, HBO is working on an Internet-only subscription to the network's movies and shows that is expected to launch in 2015. Sony is also preparing an Internet product that is expected to include Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickeloden.
Another drawing card to streaming services is the absence of advertising. However, CBS says that, “Advertisements on the live stream will be the same as those on the traditional CBS broadcast. For the on-demand programming, the typical 12 to 16 minutes of ads an hour will be reduced 25 percent. CBS Classics will stream without ads.” Being able to catch a couple of your favorite shows in less time is a huge plus for time-conscious Americans.
At the time of this writing, CBS is offering a one week free trial to this new service called CBS All Access. Their normal monthly rate is $5.99, plus any applicable tax.
Now that CBS has given us more options, the question remains; what's the best option for you and your family when it comes to TV viewing and services? Just to help you sort it all out (or maybe muddy the waters even further) read our post, “Cord Cutter? 8 Reasons to Consider Reconnecting to Cable”.