Apple TV Channels Now Offers CBS All Access Subscription Service

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The CBS All Access subscription service can now be purchased through the Channels feature in the Apple TV app, following news that it would be launching earlier this week.

Apple in March unveiled a redesigned TV app with the "Apple TV Channels" feature, designed to let users sign up for and watch third-party subscription services right in the TV app on iOS and tvOS.


CBS All Access was listed as one of the upcoming channels, but the channel wasn't available when the TV app first launched.

Apple users who want to sign up for CBS All Access can now do so through the Apple TV app. The service is priced at $9.99 per month, but there is a 7-day free trial available.

With a CBS All Access subscription purchased through the Channels feature, CBS All Access content can be watched directly in the TV app. The service offers access to live TV shows, sporting events, and more than 10,000 on-demand episodes from CBS shows.

Many other subscription services also work with the TV app channels feature, including Cinemax, EPIX, HBO, MTV Hits, Showtime, Smithsonian, Starz, Tastemade, and more.

(Thanks, Nico!)

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Anyone know how you see all content for a channel? FAQ and other posts I’ve seen say everything is in the horizontal row of squares with show titles but CBS Access does not have everything listed there. Trivial example: Big Bang Theory is not there but if you go into Young Sheldon, BBT is listed below so it’s definitely available as part of CBS Access.

Definitely like the standalone app organization much better. Needs to be a way to ‘jump into’ the app from the Apple TV app or are you just supposed to know what is on CBS and search?
 

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Anyone know how you see all content for a channel? FAQ and other posts I’ve seen say everything is in the horizontal row of squares with show titles but CBS Access does not have everything listed there. Trivial example: Big Bang Theory is not there but if you go into Young Sheldon, BBT is listed below so it’s definitely available as part of CBS Access.
Just tap on the round CBS button and scroll down to the Comedy section and "see all". Easy to overlook BBT though, since the icon for the show is currently "The Final Season".
 

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$9.99 a month to stream CBS.

This trend isn't going to end well for anyone. It was one thing when there were a handful of streaming services that had huge libraries of content (Netflix, Hulu, HBO) and people were really drawn to the idea that they could ditch $60+ cable service with its mind-numbing commercials and horrible interface that worked on 1 device, in favor of internet based streaming on all devices, for around $8/mon each for your choice of 2-3 services.

Well, that's over. Every streaming service has stopped spending the money to license archive content, and dumped it all into terrible original content. Then they realized that doesn't pay the bills, so they've all raised their prices beyond what any of them used to be worth, let alone are today. After at least 10 years as a Netflix subscriber I gleefully canceled this month, because I'm not going to be subjected to continued price increases while content gets simultaneously stripped away.

Then you have Apple completely misreading the landscape and thinking they have any chance at all of getting a single subscriber to a service of all originals...when all anyone ever wanted was a subscription to the iTunes Store video content...or at the very least a subsidy on 3rd party services bought through the platform.

They are all greedy and out to lunch here, making the same mistakes the music industry made...driving more and more piracy through their own actions. Is the entire Apple Music library worth more than $9.99/month? Of course! But no one would pay it, and so the price is fair and reasonable and people pay it without question because of the value. Nothing like Apple Music, in terms of value for the dollar, exists for video today.

In the end, networks and content holders are going to do poorly running their own apps with their own small bits of content, demanding the same or more money than all the freaking music in the world is worth. And consumers will continue to have to do without because the value isn't there.

Apple TV Channels is absolutely the way to go in terms of distribution and user experience, but it is a mouse fart of an effort with so few channels available and prices so ridiculously high. Apple needs to step in and subsidize these services, heavily, for Apple customers. Apple should pass on their cut from subscription services directly to the customer, and then some.
 

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$9.99 a month to stream CBS.

This trend isn't going to end well for anyone. It was one thing when there were a handful of streaming services that had huge libraries of content (Netflix, Hulu, HBO) and people were really drawn to the idea that they could ditch $60+ cable service with its mind-numbing commercials and horrible interface that worked on 1 device, in favor of internet based streaming on all devices, for around $8/mon each for your choice of 2-3 services.

Well, that's over. Every streaming service has stopped spending the money to license archive content, and dumped it all into terrible original content. Then they realized that doesn't pay the bills, so they've all raised their prices beyond what any of them used to be worth, let alone are today. After at least 10 years as a Netflix subscriber I gleefully canceled this month, because I'm not going to be subjected to continued price increases while content gets simultaneously stripped away.

Then you have Apple completely misreading the landscape and thinking they have any chance at all of getting a single subscriber to a service of all originals...when all anyone ever wanted was a subscription to the iTunes Store video content...or at the very least a subsidy on 3rd party services bought through the platform.

They are all greedy and out to lunch here, making the same mistakes the music industry made...driving more and more piracy through their own actions. Is the entire Apple Music library worth more than $9.99/month? Of course! But no one would pay it, and so the price is fair and reasonable and people pay it without question because of the value. Nothing like Apple Music, in terms of value for the dollar, exists for video today.

In the end, networks and content holders are going to do poorly running their own apps with their own small bits of content, demanding the same or more money than all the freaking music in the world is worth. And consumers will continue to have to do without because the value isn't there.

Apple TV Channels is absolutely the way to go in terms of distribution and user experience, but it is a mouse fart of an effort with so few channels available and prices so ridiculously high. Apple needs to step in and subsidize these services, heavily, for Apple customers. Apple should pass on their cut from subscription services directly to the customer, and then some.
This is funny! 9.99 a month?! I have all access w/commercials for 5.99... Apple apparently thinks they are truly special...Please NO..
 
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This is funny! 9.99 a month?! I have all access w/commercials for 5.99... Apple apparently thinks they are truly special...Please NO..
Well this is the no commercials version as is also offered by CBS AllAccess. Honestly, I like the content on CBS. The Good Fight and Star Trek are seriously great shows with fantastic production quality. Picard a coming this winter.

While some might not like these services Apple makes it really easy to grab a aservice for a month, watch what you want, and then get out. I don’t think some of these services expect to keep a constant number of subscribers like say, Netflix.
 

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I think Apple is losing loyal users who want to go OTA but they have to go away from Apple to get such a thing.
I think Apple needs an OTA Box that integrates with the AppleTV TV App.

Yes, it's going chip away at their market share for selling some of those channels, but since Apple is not in that market people are getting TiVo, Amazon Recast, etc.

Then they are buying services on those boxes INSTEAD of from Apple and Apple is losing out.
 

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This is funny! 9.99 a month?! I have all access w/commercials for 5.99... Apple apparently thinks they are truly special...Please NO..
Nothing special about it. The commercial-free version (which is what the Apple TV channel is) costs the same as directly from CBS or the Amazon channel.
 

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This is funny! 9.99 a month?! I have all access w/commercials for 5.99... Apple apparently thinks they are truly special...Please NO..
it's not apple, the price is set by the services. as a channel, they have to agree to the whole 15/30% system cause the payment is handed by Apple so they raise the price so they don't lose money. and before anyone says "yeah so Apple raised the price" remember that no one made them agree to be a channel. CBS decided they wanted to join and they decided they don't want to lose the $1.80 a month
 

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Then you have Apple completely misreading the landscape and thinking they have any chance at all of getting a single subscriber to a service of all originals...when all anyone ever wanted was a subscription to the iTunes Store video content...or at the very least a subsidy on 3rd party services bought through the platform.
Yeah... this is where you lost me. You have no idea what Apple is doing in order to determine their intentions. You can’t know because they haven’t announced it yet.

Apple hasn’t announced what their originals are going to cost but they’ve hinted that they will be releasing about one show a month. You’re kind of insane if you believe they’re going to charge $9.99 per month for a show a month. I anticipate one of these three models:

1. Apple Music + TV as a new subscription for a price either just slightly above the current $9.99 Music subscription or at that price.

2. AppleTV+ included with the subscription of one or more channels. Those channels fill the role of the third party content while Apple’s content is included with the package. Apple doesn’t have to license content and instead lets others offer it within AppleTV and gets to keep a commission.

3. An Apple+ services subscription with Music, TV, News, Books and Arcade included. iCloud data and AppleCare might be a part of the package.

Apple simply doesn’t have enough TV content to charge a Netflix class price. They do however have access to a lot of content throughout all of their services. So can use their TV content as a sweetener or an add-on to their other services.
 
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I anticipate one of these three models:

1. Apple Music + TV as a new subscription for a price either just slightly above the current $9.99 Music subscription or at that price.

2. AppleTV+ included with the subscription of one or more channels. Those channels fill the role of the third party content while Apple’s content is included with the package. Apple doesn’t have to license content and instead lets others offer it within AppleTV and gets to keep a commission.

3. An Apple+ services subscription with Music, TV, News, Books and Arcade included. iCloud data and AppleCare might be a part of the package.

Apple simply doesn’t have enough TV content to charge a Netflix class price. They do however have access to a lot of content throughout all of their services.
Are there any current models who are already doing this? Only one I can think of is YouTube + Google Music or Amazon Prime + Prime Music. However I don’t really know the nuances of how either function.
 

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$9.99 a month to stream CBS.

This trend isn't going to end well for anyone. It was one thing when there were a handful of streaming services that had huge libraries of content (Netflix, Hulu, HBO) and people were really drawn to the idea that they could ditch $60+ cable service with its mind-numbing commercials and horrible interface that worked on 1 device, in favor of internet based streaming on all devices, for around $8/mon each for your choice of 2-3 services.

Well, that's over. Every streaming service has stopped spending the money to license archive content, and dumped it all into terrible original content. Then they realized that doesn't pay the bills, so they've all raised their prices beyond what any of them used to be worth, let alone are today. After at least 10 years as a Netflix subscriber I gleefully canceled this month, because I'm not going to be subjected to continued price increases while content gets simultaneously stripped away.

Then you have Apple completely misreading the landscape and thinking they have any chance at all of getting a single subscriber to a service of all originals...when all anyone ever wanted was a subscription to the iTunes Store video content...or at the very least a subsidy on 3rd party services bought through the platform.

They are all greedy and out to lunch here, making the same mistakes the music industry made...driving more and more piracy through their own actions. Is the entire Apple Music library worth more than $9.99/month? Of course! But no one would pay it, and so the price is fair and reasonable and people pay it without question because of the value. Nothing like Apple Music, in terms of value for the dollar, exists for video today.

In the end, networks and content holders are going to do poorly running their own apps with their own small bits of content, demanding the same or more money than all the freaking music in the world is worth. And consumers will continue to have to do without because the value isn't there.

Apple TV Channels is absolutely the way to go in terms of distribution and user experience, but it is a mouse fart of an effort with so few channels available and prices so ridiculously high. Apple needs to step in and subsidize these services, heavily, for Apple customers. Apple should pass on their cut from subscription services directly to the customer, and then some.
Yes I have wish Apple TV+ was new original shows AND the catalogue of iTunes Movie Store. I would pay 50-75 dollars a month. It would truly be a cable-killer. I would even save money.
 

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Apple please give me live sports. NFL, NHL, & MLB. I live out of my teams market so blackouts don’t effect me. I guess NASCAR & NBA would be nice too.
 

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it's not apple, the price is set by the services. as a channel, they have to agree to the whole 15/30% system cause the payment is handed by Apple so they raise the price so they don't lose money. and before anyone says "yeah so Apple raised the price" remember that no one made them agree to be a channel. CBS decided they wanted to join and they decided they don't want to lose the $1.80 a month
Except the price is the same whether you subscribe through Apple or directly from CBS.
 

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Yeah... this is where you lost me. You have no idea what Apple is doing in order to determine their intentions. You can’t know because they haven’t announced it yet.

Apple hasn’t announced what their originals are going to cost but they’ve hinted that they will be releasing about one show a month. You’re kind of insane if you believe they’re going to charge $9.99 per month for a show a month. I anticipate one of these three models:

1. Apple Music + TV as a new subscription for a price either just slightly above the current $9.99 Music subscription or at that price.

2. AppleTV+ included with the subscription of one or more channels. Those channels fill the role of the third party content while Apple’s content is included with the package. Apple doesn’t have to license content and instead lets others offer it within AppleTV and gets to keep a commission.

3. An Apple+ services subscription with Music, TV, News, Books and Arcade included. iCloud data and AppleCare might be a part of the package.

Apple simply doesn’t have enough TV content to charge a Netflix class price. They do however have access to a lot of content throughout all of their services. So can use their TV content as a sweetener or an add-on to their other services.
Yes they have announced exactly what it is, you must be in extreme denial. If they were providing a subscription to the iTunes video store, that would be the product and any originals would just be extra/ancillary...Not the headline.
 

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Yes I have wish Apple TV+ was new original shows AND the catalogue of iTunes Movie Store. I would pay 50-75 dollars a month. It would truly be a cable-killer. I would even save money.
That’s fantasy land. iTunes Store. Google store. Amazon sells it all too. Those are stores. This is streaming. What you’re wanting won’t happen anytime soon, if ever.
 

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Apple has to charge something but at the same time lure people to use that atv app and sign up for stupid channels like this one at 9.99. Getting 30% of that 9.99 is their true goal. I think of apple’s original content as nothing more than marketing to get people to use the atv app and channels.

I don’t see a bundle happening. They could have by now easily. Either video can pay for itself or it’s a bad idea. Same with the others.

Arcade will be hard to gauge. Apple will have revenue from it but how much of that comes at the cost of what they’re making now in freemium revenue. For that reason I don’t see it adding much to Apple or keeping arcade devs happy.
 

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That’s fantasy land. iTunes Store. Google store. Amazon sells it all too. Those are stores. This is streaming. What you’re wanting won’t happen anytime soon, if ever.
Explain the Apple Music streaming service. It’s the whole iTunes Music Store.