CBS All Access: Packages, Pricing, Deals, and more

CBS All Access is a streaming service that enables customers to enjoy live TV channels and watch on-demand content. This article will provide information about the CBS All Access service, the deals it provides, and the pricing of its streaming packages. Head over to our CBS All Access review for a complete rundown of the service. 

How does CBS All Access work?

CBS All Access provides live streams of subscribers’ local CBS affiliate network and three additional CBS channels. It also allows users to dig into the vaults of CBS’ past and present programming on demand. This means access to thousands of episodes of popular shows like The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, and The Twilight Zone.

CBS All Access subscribers can watch live and on-demand programming on any device that enables them to download the service’s app or via a web browser for laptops and PCs. This includes mobile devices such as Android phones and tablets and Apple iPhone and iPad. The service is also compatible with Android and Apple TV, as well as LG and Samsung smart TVs. Other options for watching CBS All Access include casting and streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV sticks and Fire TV Cube, Google Chromecast, and Roku TV. And gamers can also tune in straight from their PlayStation 4 or Xbox One consoles.

How much does CBS All Access cost?

CBS All Access provides two options for customers. People that do not mind watching a few ads can enjoy the limited commercial plan for $5.99/mo. But ads can be eliminated from on-demand content by signing for the commercial-free option for $9.99/mo. However, live streams of CBS local programming will still contain ads. New customers get a CBS All Access free trial for seven days.

How do the CBS All Access Packages compare?

 CBS All Access Limited CommercialsCBS All Access Commercial Free
Monthly price$5.99$9.99
Annual price$59.99$99.99
Number of channels44
Number of TV shows and movies126126
Ad-freeNoYes
Live streamingYesYes
Cloud DVR Storage25 titles for 30 days25 titles for 30 days
Number of simultaneous streams22

The limited commercial CBS All Access plan costs $5.99/mo. — both live programming and on-demand content will feature ads. Upgrading to the commercial-free option removes ads from on-demand content.

Both services provide around-the-clock access to four live channels: the viewer’s local CBS station, CBSN, CBS Sports HQ, and ET Live. Subscribers can also record up to 25 titles that can be kept for 30 days and get 2 simultaneous streams. The limited commercial and ad-free versions of CBS All Access both enable users to stream episodes from 126 shows on demand.

Are there any deals with CBS All Access?

CBS All Access is currently enabling people to watch Star Trek: Picard for free to celebrate the finale of its first season. Customers can save 15% off the monthly fee by purchasing an annual subscription. This costs $59.99/yr. for the limited commercial service and $99.99/yr. for the commercial-free option. New customers can try the service out with a seven-day CBS All Access free trial.

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What add-ons for premium channels and extras does CBS All Access have?

At present, CBS All Access does not provide any add-on packages, expanded cloud DVR services, or premium channels. CBS All Access does, however, enable users to watch local CBS channels. This can be extended with an antenna to tune into additional affiliate networks using a service like Tablo DVR or HDHomeRun.

Can I DVR my shows or watch on-demand content on CBS All Access?

CBS All Access subscribers can record live shows using the service’s cloud DVR storage. This enables them to store up to 25 titles, which must be watched within 30 days of being recorded.

Subscribers can also watch all CBS content past and present on demand. This includes current CBS network dramas such as Criminal Minds, Madam Secretary, and Young Sheldon. It also offers plenty of binge-worthy programming with classic shows like The Brady Bunch, Beverly Hills 90210, The Bold and the Beautiful, Cheers, Frasier, Magnum P.I., Perry Mason, and Twin Peaks

The on-demand library is also home to plenty of CBS original shows such as The Good Fight, Interrogation, The Thomas John Experience, and Lucy Liu starring in Why Women Kill. CBS All Access also enables viewers to watch on-demand movies like Area 51, The American President, and The Big Chill.

Science fiction fans will enjoy CBS All Access providing access to Star Trek, which includes classic series like Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. The service also has fun for all the family with shows like Bob The Builder, Danger Mouse, Danny Phantom, George of the Jungle, Lassie, and Mr. Magoo.

The on-demand service also contains the back catalogs of popular reality TV shows like Big Brother, Love Island, and Survivor. And it includes talk shows such as The Late Show With James Corden and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Should you cut the cord for CBS All Access?

CBS All Access is a good streaming option for anyone that loves CBS programming. It provides live streaming of viewers’ local stations, as well as the network’s news and sports programming. While the on-demand section of the service enables access to thousands of episodes from classic TV shows, family favorites, and more recent programming. 

Viewers who are happy to sit through a few ads during on-demand content may see the limited commercial option as a good deal at $5.99/mo. But those willing to pay a few more bucks in order to eliminate ads completely can sign up for commercial-free access to all CBS content for $9.99/mo.

People who are not interested in only watching CBS content should look elsewhere for their streaming services. However, they could use CBS All Access in conjunction with live streaming services like fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Philo, Sling TV, and Vidgo or on-demand options such as Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, and Starz.

New customers can try before they buy with a CBS All Access free trial for seven days.