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CBS parent company ViacomCBS today announced a significant expansion to its streaming service, CBS All Access. In addition to a new user interface across all major device platforms, CBS All Access is gaining more than 3,500 episodes of TV to improve its back catalog, as well as older movies.

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This includes shows from channels like BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nikelodeon, Smithsonian Channel, TV Land, and movies from Paramount Pictures. The company also said that CBS All Access will continue to gain more shows and movies soon, with up to 30,000 episodes of TV and movies expected to be added in the months to come.

Some of the shows and films added in the most recent update include:
  • BET: All seasons of “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” “Hit the Floor,” plus all prior seasons of “Single Ladies” and more
  • Comedy Central: All seasons of “Chappelle’s Show,” “Strangers with Candy,” six prior seasons of “Reno 911!” and more
  • MTV: All seasons of “Laguna Beach” and “Snooki & Jwoww,” prior seasons of TEEN MOM 2, seasons of JERSEY SHORE: FAMILY VACATION and MTV FLORIBAMA SHORE, as well as a selection from THE CHALLENGE, “Beavis and Butt-Head: The Mike Judge Collection” and more
  • Nickelodeon: All seasons of “Avatar: Last Airbender,” “Rugrats,” plus all prior seasons of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS and more, in addition to seasons of “Danny Phantom,” “The Legend of Korra” and “Sam & Cat” that were previously available
  • Smithsonian Channel: More than 60 episodes of “Aerial America,” seasons of “Air Disasters,” documentaries such as “The Day We Walked on the Moon,” “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom,” “MLK: The Assassination Tapes,” “Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth” and more
  • TV Land and VH1: Programming like “Hot in Cleveland,” as well as prior seasons of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE and LOVE & HIP HOP and more
  • Paramount Pictures: More films have been added to the service since May, including “The Firm,” “Charlotte’s Web” and “Scary Movie,” with more than 150 movies in total now available

In terms of the update, ViacomCBS said that the new user interface has enhanced personalization and discovery. This includes advanced recommendations, curated homepages, new content categories, and central hubs for various ViacomCBS brands. The update is rolling out today across all major device platforms, including iOS and tvOS.

Notably, today's updates appear to be the first step toward a rebranding for CBS All Access, which the company today announced is coming in early 2021. It's unclear in what way CBS All Access will be rebranded, but considering the increase of various other Viacom channels on the platform, the company could plan to drop the "CBS" name in favor of something more all-encompassing.

Network-exclusive streaming platforms continue to grow, with NBC's own Peacock service gaining 10 million subscribers since its launch earlier in the year. HBO has also streamlined its streaming services, rolling HBO GO into the new HBO Max service.

Article Link: CBS All Access Adds 3,500+ TV Episodes and Films, Rolls Out Update With Curated Homepages and Better Discovery
 

lkrupp

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I subscribe to CBS All Access for two reasons... Picard and Star Trek Discovery. When those seasons end I cancel my subscription until the next season starts.

We are seeing the predictions made by skeptics of cord cutting coming true. There are more and more subscription services coming online at various prices/mo. CBS All Access, Peacock, Hulu, Disney, Netflix, Apple TV+, HBO Max, Showtime, the list goes on. Then there are the live TV streaming services like Sling. Subscribing to more than a few of them quickly increases your monthly expenditures to the point of a cable/satellite subscription and one could easily wind paying more for cord cutting than traditional cable.

There is no doubt that a reckoning is coming, a shakeout, a consolidation frenzy with the big players buying up the field and we’ll be right back where we started.
 

calzon65

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One of the things I like about still being on cable is the unified guide and on demand. I'm intrigued by the idea of "cutting the cable" but would miss having a single point to review current and future programs for so many channels.
 

longofest

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I subscribe to CBS All Access for two reasons... Picard and Star Trek Discovery.

as a fellow trek fan, I'm 100% in agreement. That is the reason I buy in as well. Though short treks are pretty good too.

IMO, CBS All Access is worth it just for the Star Trek content. And I'm too lazy to stop/start my subscription. At only $6/month, it's not such a large drain on me that it matters, though I 100% understand how others it would be.
 

TheRealByter

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I subscribed last night just to access Criminal Minds seasons 13-15. Season 15 is there but the earlier seasons are missing. Is “all access” just not really all access during the ”all access” trial or is this just a gotcha CBS in perpetuating? I even tried subscribing direct with CBS rather than through Apple TV+ but still no seasons 13 and 14. Apple TV+ says I can buy the seasons for $2.99 an episode (yeah right).
 

nutmac

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IMO, CBS All Access is worth it just for the Star Trek content. And I'm too lazy to stop/start my subscription. At only $6/month, it's not such a large drain on me that it matters, though I 100% understand how others it would be.
If you are going to let the subscription continue, you might as well sign up for annual plan and get 2 months free ($59.99/year vs. $5.99/month).
 

MikhailT

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I subscribed last night just to access Criminal Minds seasons 13-15. Season 15 is there but the earlier seasons are missing. Is “all access” just not really all access during the ”all access” trial or is this just a gotcha CBS in perpetuating? I even tried subscribing direct with CBS rather than through Apple TV+ but still no seasons 13 and 14. Apple TV+ says I can buy the seasons for $2.99 an episode (yeah right).

That's the main negative of CBS All Access for me, All Access is very misleading. You only get the entire series on the older shows but even there, it is not always the case.

I understand if the current season can't be added because of streaming rights for other services, so Season 15 is available on Hulu or paid only but 1-14 should be on CBS All Access.
 
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johnsc3

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I subscribe to CBS All Access for two reasons... Picard and Star Trek Discovery. When those seasons end I cancel my subscription until the next season starts.

We are seeing the predictions made by skeptics of cord cutting coming true. There are more and more subscription services coming online at various prices/mo. CBS All Access, Peacock, Hulu, Disney, Netflix, Apple TV+, HBO Max, Showtime, the list goes on. Then there are the live TV streaming services like Sling. Subscribing to more than a few of them quickly increases your monthly expenditures to the point of a cable/satellite subscription and one could easily wind paying more for cord cutting than traditional cable.

There is no doubt that a reckoning is coming, a shakeout, a consolidation frenzy with the big players buying up the field and we’ll be right back where we started.
Never thought I’d take a double take at Comcast.
 

Westside guy

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I subscribe to CBS All Access for two reasons... Picard and Star Trek Discovery. When those seasons end I cancel my subscription until the next season starts.

I also did this - but, I have to say, I was disappointed in Picard as well as season 2 of Discovery. The writers seem to know how to create interesting characters, but they have problems writing an actual story - it's one plot hole after another.
 

Zoboomafoo

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I subscribed last night just to access Criminal Minds seasons 13-15. Season 15 is there but the earlier seasons are missing. Is “all access” just not really all access during the ”all access” trial or is this just a gotcha CBS in perpetuating? I even tried subscribing direct with CBS rather than through Apple TV+ but still no seasons 13 and 14. Apple TV+ says I can buy the seasons for $2.99 an episode (yeah right).

I stopped watching Big Bang theory and 2 broke girls cause I couldn’t find the episodes I missed. That’s how CBS rolls
 

CopyChief

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And here I thought "better Discovery" wasn't starting till October. Hah.

Seriously though, I'm curious to see how they improve the UI/UX. It's generally terrible – far from easy to "Continue Watching" favorite series.

My subscription is currently paused, since I'm waiting for Discovery S3... there's not a lot else on there (beyond Star Trek) that I have found terribly compelling. And if I found something... I might wait till Discovery was back so I could watch it at the same time.
 

brownpaw

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So they’ve added a bunch of content that doesn’t sound exclusive. Several of those shows mentioned are on other services.

Sounds like padding the library with bs in order to justify raising the price.
 

Slothosaurus

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If only they could fix their system so that I didn't have to guess what episode I am on!

Seriously, if I come back to my Apple TV the next day, I am in the middle of an episode I finished the night before.
 

IIGS User

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I tried getting into Picard. I OH SO MUCH wanted to enjoy it.

It lost me about 3/4 of the way through. Don't know, it just lacked that "hook".
 
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Salvor Hardin

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I subscribe to CBS All Access for two reasons... Picard and Star Trek Discovery. When those seasons end I cancel my subscription until the next season starts.

We are seeing the predictions made by skeptics of cord cutting coming true. There are more and more subscription services coming online at various prices/mo. CBS All Access, Peacock, Hulu, Disney, Netflix, Apple TV+, HBO Max, Showtime, the list goes on. Then there are the live TV streaming services like Sling. Subscribing to more than a few of them quickly increases your monthly expenditures to the point of a cable/satellite subscription and one could easily wind paying more for cord cutting than traditional cable.

There is no doubt that a reckoning is coming, a shakeout, a consolidation frenzy with the big players buying up the field and we’ll be right back where we started.
I can’t imagine subscribing to a service to watch this
And some random Voyager character getting their eye gorged out in graphic detail but to each their own 🤷‍♂️
 
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