CBS Releases Streaming App for iPhone and iPad, Full Episodes Delayed One Week

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    CBS has a new app that allows U.S. viewers to watch full ad-supported HD episodes of television shows from the network, typically one week after they air.

    The company launched an app earlier this year that shows second-screen content synchronized with whatever the user is watching.
    CBS is a universal app available free on the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: CBS Releases Streaming App for iPhone and iPad, Full Episodes Delayed One Week
  2. macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2006
    I can't believe Craig Kilborn isn't alive to see this!
  3. macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2010
    About time CBS...
  4. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    Nice to get new apps but I don't watch anything on CBS.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2005
    I just wish the Big 4 networks would offer ad-supprted live streaming like ESPN does for their family of networks.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2008
    Does it allow AirPlay?
  7. macrumors regular


    Dec 12, 2009
    Follow HBO and Netflix and take it international.
  8. macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2012
    Banff, AB
    Crashes before I am able to start streaming anything.
  9. macrumors newbie


    Jun 23, 2010
    I really hope so!
  10. macrumors 68000

    Feb 22, 2009
    AWESOME! Some of my fav shows are on CBS. Elementary, Good Wife, Person of Interest, Big Bang Theory NCIS etc
  11. macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    If it is adsupported it should be live like ESPN or next day like most of the networks. One week is ridiculous.

    Luckily with my DirecTV dvr and my Slingbox, I can watch pretty much anything at my discretion.
  12. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    Planet Earth
    "delayed by one week" and those stuck in the 90s execs wonder why ppl download illegally when said eps r avab online 5 mins after having aired
  13. macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2010
    One week, seriously?

    And they wonder why people torrent...
  14. macrumors 68000


    May 28, 2008
    Why a week? Sucks.
  15. M-O
    macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    looks like Moonves finally gave in.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2005
    Stream quality is terrible. The audio can't be more than 64kbps.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2005
    Torrents show up two hours BEFORE broadcasting Pacific time, since the torrent shows up right after the Eastern broadcast.

    I get why movies aren't released on iTunes, etc. as they are in the theaters (because one purchase could be viewed by many) but that rationale doesn't apply to TV broadcasts (as it is, one person could share it with many).

    Networks, and premium channels, should simply make their stuff available immediately, as it's broadcast, on services like iTunes.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2008
    It doesn't seem to require verification of a cable subscription, so it's a good step forward.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2008
    Yeah, one week's delay is ridiculous. If they're going to have unskippable commercials there's no reason to not have it either next day or within an hour after it airs. Hell, I'd be willing to pay a small monthly subscription fee for that as well, similar to how some of the anime streaming sites do- non-subscription users would have a bit of a wait, and for $5/month or so you could watch the shows an hour after they aired (either with no commercials or with minimal ones at the beginning)...
  20. macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2012
    I dont think any nationally broadcasted channels (i.e. ABC, NBC) require cable verification, because you can just pick it broadcasts for free (rabbit ears). It's the channels that already require a cable subscription to watch on TV (i.e. TBS, HBO, ESPN etc.) that require it on the ios app as well.
  21. macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Just don't get it, do they?

    One week delay? Really?
    Anyone who doubts the existence of dinosaurs only needs to watch the decision-makers at the three networks flounder. They provide all the evidence needed to back up the (continuation of the) fossil record.
  22. macrumors 68030

    Mar 30, 2004
    To be fair, network programmings are subsidized by cable/satellite carriers and network affiliates. So offering shows online immediately (with fewer commercials to boot) would undermine network's ability to negotiate.

    Although one week seems a bit long (ABC and NBC apps offer shows the next day), it is an encouraging trend nevertheless. Fox is now the sole holdout among major US networks as ABC, CBS, CW, and NBC all offer primetime shows on mobile. And frankly, I am in no hurry to watch any of the shows on CBS.

    This move also undermines Hulu, which is largely dependent on Fox, international programmings, and strong device support to sustain its value.
  23. macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Now I just need CBS to release a Roku channel and I'll be happy.
  24. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Something tells me that Warners will block Person of interest from this just like they have blocked it from being in iTunes to purchase (not even season one is up)

    I agree with those that say these tactics encourage rather than discourage torrents etc. within a couple of days with perhaps 2-3 commercials at the too might go over okay but a week with embedded ads isn't going to change anyone's mind when they can get a torrent same night and no ads
  25. macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2012
    One Week is a long time?!

    I'm always playing catch-up with my DVR.

    I would never notice. :)

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