CBS All Access Adds (Almost) Commercial-Free Option

CBS is following in the footsteps of Hulu and adding a $9.99/month commercial-free option to its CBS All Access streaming service.

CBS All Access was launched in October 2014 with a $5.99/month plan that enabled viewers to watch live and on-demand programming from the broadcast network without a cable subscription. But, like broadcast and cable viewers, they had to watch ads with most of the content (save for CBS Classics), albeit a reduced number.

The $9.99/month option added today is not completely commercial-free. Live streaming of local CBS Television stations, available in more than 150 markets in the U.S., will continue to carry the same commercials as the over-the-air broadcast, and select on-demand shows will include promotional interruptions.

But the vast bulk of All Access’ on-demand library of more than 7,500 episodes will be available sans interruption, including full current seasons of primetime shows such as “Big Brother,” “Blue Bloods,” “Madam Secretary” and “The Odd Couple,” as well as late night, daytime and news programming and All Access’ upcoming original series, including “Star Trek: Discovery,” a spin-off “The Good Wife” and a new digital edition of “Big Brother.”

In September 2015, streaming service Hulu, which features programming from competing networks ABC, NBC and Fox, began offering an $11.99/month commercial-free option in addition to its $7.99/month“limited ads” plan. Earlier this month, it announced that it was phasing out its free ad-supported offering.

CBS All Access is currently available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices and tablets via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Chromecast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

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