The Ultimate Guide to CBS All Access (September 2017 Review)

While the major online streaming services are working hard to make deals for bringing cable content to their subscribers, CBS has limited that access and opted to make their own streaming service. Find out what CBS All Access has to offer, below.

The Basics

CBS All Access is a service from the major network, offering both on-demand content and the option to watch the channel live. The content can be accessed from the CBS website or from the All Access app on phones, tablets, and streaming devices.

Like most other streaming services, CBS offers a free trial for new users. After the free trial, there are two subscription options: $5.99/month with limited commercials or $9.99/month for commercial free viewing. Both plans include commercials when watching live TV.


Subscribers can use CBS All Access with nearly any device, including:

Features and Content

The CBS All Access app makes it easy to quickly find the content you’re looking for. The menu is broken into just a few sections, allowing you to choose from TV episodes, the live TV feature, and a schedule of what will be on.

There are three categories of content offered on CBS All Access: episodes on demand, exclusive originals, and live TV streaming. With over 9,000 episodes on demand, the service has plenty of content to offer. Users can browse based on the following categories.

  • Originals
  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • Reality
  • Primetime
  • Late Night
  • Daytime
  • Classics
  • Specials
  • News
  • Sports

As an incentive for cord cutters to choose CBS All Access, the network has been developing content exclusively for the app. The exclusive content started with Big Brother. Subscribers can watch episodes of Big Brother Over the Top, along with a 24/7 live feed to check in on the show’s cast. More recently, two shows, The Good Fight and Star Trek Discovery, have been added to the exclusive content collection.

Finally, many users will be able to watch a local, live broadcast through the app. As always, the live stream availability is based on location and you’ll want to check the availability in your area before signing up. With the live TV option, you’ll be able to see a live broadcast of everything from the morning news to evening primetime shows.

Sports fans will appreciate the option of watching NFL games live, on devices other than mobile phones. Games are shown through the live TV feature, so you’ll only see games that are aired in your local market.

Is it worth it?

CBS All Access looks great, is easy to use, and has the CBS content that viewers are looking for, from news to sports to prime time shows and older episodes. For those who have favorite shows on the station, or who want access to the exclusive content, and don’t mind paying extra to supplement other content streaming services, CBS All Access may be well worth a monthly subscription. Others will find that the monthly cost isn’t worth it for the content of just one channel.

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7 Responses to The Ultimate Guide to CBS All Access (September 2017 Review)

  1. filmex September 30, 2017 at 7:35 am #

    Not. Worth. It.

  2. Ken September 30, 2017 at 10:09 am #

    Over priced for just one Ch and it’s on demand library.
    They already make enough money to cover the free live content that you get with an antenna with advertisements.
    So adding on demand to something free should be $1.00 for the commercial one and $2.00 to 2.50 for commercial free. And even that should be true commercial free. Live tv should just go to a CBS logo screen saver during comercials like NHL center ice does during comercial breaks.

  3. Vegas Steve September 30, 2017 at 11:33 pm #

    Really not worth it when you have an antenna. Yeah, I’d like to see the new star trek series, but I can wait until it comes out on Netflix/Amazon.

  4. craig2web October 1, 2017 at 10:37 am #

    Yeah, really not worth $6/month for maybe 100 TV shows, the vast majority of them really old (like decades old). Especially when you can subscribe to regular Hulu which probably has 10x as much content for the same price.

  5. Mike Thaler October 1, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

    I agree w. the other posts – $6/mo to watch 1 or 2 programs?? In our case it would be ST. We’ll wait a few months, get the free trial, and binge watch the episodes.
    ….an old trekkie
    (The Oracle on Fox is an excellent take off of ST. After the one episode – not sure of Discovery.)

  6. Mark Wagila October 2, 2017 at 11:59 am #

    Gotta have my Star Trek!!!

  7. imjustsure October 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

    The problem is the individual billing and customer service call centers. Direct TV Now is closer to what is needed, 60 shows for $30 and $5 for billing and customer service.

    I was with Republic Wireless and they claimed that call centers cost $10 a month per customer. How does a company charge $1 a month on a credit card and some customer with nothing better to do calls and questions or complains and you need to spend time talking to them.