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

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    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
     
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    I can't believe Craig Kilborn isn't alive to see this!
     
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    About time CBS...
     
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    Nice to get new apps but I don't watch anything on CBS.
     
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    I just wish the Big 4 networks would offer ad-supprted live streaming like ESPN does for their family of networks.
     
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    Does it allow AirPlay?
     
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    Follow HBO and Netflix and take it international.
     
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    Crashes before I am able to start streaming anything.
     
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    I really hope so!
     
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    AWESOME! Some of my fav shows are on CBS. Elementary, Good Wife, Person of Interest, Big Bang Theory NCIS etc
     
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    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.
     
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    "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
     
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    One week, seriously?

    And they wonder why people torrent...
     
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    Why a week? Sucks.
     
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    looks like Moonves finally gave in.
     
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    Stream quality is terrible. The audio can't be more than 64kbps.
     
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    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.
     
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    It doesn't seem to require verification of a cable subscription, so it's a good step forward.
     
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    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)...
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Now I just need CBS to release a Roku channel and I'll be happy.
     
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    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
     
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    One Week is a long time?!

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

    I would never notice. :)
     

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