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RichC2 10-16-14 09:05 AM

CBS All-Access (CBS streaming service)
 
:down:

http://deadline.com/2014/10/cbs-laun...ervice-852895/

I'm not sure who would pay $5.99 for this service.

TheBigDave 10-16-14 10:59 AM

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I might be interested if it was commercial-free. But it sounds like there will be commercials.

DJariya 10-16-14 11:40 AM

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Only ad free for classic shows.

printerati 10-16-14 11:51 AM

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It looks like you also need to be in one of 14 markets to even take advantage of the service (initially, anyway). From the article...


It’s not clear how the initiative will affect CBS’ independent affiliates. The company says CBS All Access was “built in close collaboration” with the network-owned stations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. This morning’s release says that additional stations will be added. Syncbak, in which CBS has a minority investment, will handle delivery and geo-targeting of the live feeds to ensure that they only go to in-market subscribers.
Also from the article...


Here you go, cord-cutters — and take that, Hulu
$5.99/month for CBS shows vs. $7.99/month for how many other networks' shows? CBS sure showed them!

Eddie W 10-16-14 11:52 AM

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They must be out of their minds if they think anyone is going to pay $6/month for a bunch of non-skippable commercials. I learned from Hulu Plus that's it's just not worth it.

DJariya 10-16-14 11:55 AM

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It sounds like they are also keeping up full seasons as opposed to the last few episodes that CBS.com normally does.

BTW, for those who have never streamed material from CBS.com, the commercial times are much longer. If I've not mistaken, it's anywhere from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 minutes per break. It's really annoying.

TheBigDave 10-16-14 11:57 AM

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Originally Posted by printerati (Post 12271842)
It looks like you also need to be in one of 14 markets to even take advantage of the service (initially, anyway). From the article...

I think that's only for the live feed. Everyone else should still be able to access the on demand content.

And I read in another article that the live feed won't include the NFL games. I don't know about other sports.

The Cow 10-16-14 11:57 AM

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I don't really care about this for CBS, but I hope this is a trend (like HBO is doing) that is starting. The key will be the cost.

DJariya 10-16-14 12:04 PM

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Originally Posted by The Cow (Post 12271861)
I don't really care about this for CBS, but I hope this is a trend (like HBO is doing) that is starting. The key will be the cost.

Yeah, but another question is, how many separate streaming services are people willing to pay for to get the specific content they want?

If every freaking major network, basic or premium channel starts their own service, the costs are going to add up for households. Would someone be willing to shell out $10-15 per month each for separate AMC, TNT, FX, or Showtime services? Then there is the question of whether it will be live streaming or on demand. And will the on demand content have commercials like Hulu and now CBS?

RichC2 10-16-14 03:47 PM

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It depends. CBS has been old school for some time now and refused to embrace a lot of streaming features. Hulu has ads because it's literally supposed to be IPTV / a replacement On Demand.

So that explains their love of commercials.

No, I don't think anyone would be willing to shell out $10 - $15 per month for specific channels, yes I think this is going to fail for CBS. HBO gets a pass since it's already $15/month and has no commercials.

Alan Smithee 10-16-14 03:50 PM

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I MIGHT pay $5 a month per network if they were commercial-free (or at least just put up banner ads on menu screens and things like that, outside of the actual shows.) If I were happy with the way they presented their shows on the air, I'd just watch them that way.

I'd pay more than $5 for the broadcast networks if you could get a close to complete archive of older stuff, including complete newscasts, variety shows, and rare or forgotten stuff from the pre-VCR era, delivered at the proper frame rate (30 fps for videotaped material). Basically like getting access to their entire tape vault.

DJariya 10-16-14 03:58 PM

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Originally Posted by RichC2 (Post 12272180)
It depends. CBS has been old school for some time now and refused to embrace a lot of streaming features. Hulu has ads because it's literally supposed to be IPTV / a replacement On Demand.

So that explains their love of commercials.

No, I don't think anyone would be willing to shell out $10 - $15 per month for specific channels, yes I think this is going to fail for CBS. HBO gets a pass since it's already $15/month and has no commercials.

Hulu according to their website, says they have to put the commercial breaks in order to keep the monthly cost down and affordable. I know most streamers hate them.

Alan Smithee 10-16-14 04:10 PM

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Hulu according to their website, says they have to put the commercial breaks in order to keep the monthly cost down and affordable.
Which makes me wonder exactly how much they WOULD have to charge for a commercial-free version (when I cancelled my free trials in the past, they asked for reasons for cancelling and always had "I would pay more for a commercial-free service" as an option which I always marked), or how much more they would have to charge for advertising if they just let everyone access Hulu Plus with no subscription fee. I know Hulu's material is more current than Netflix's, but if Netflix can have the amount of content they do with no commercials at their current price (which even as a Cheap Bastard, I've always thought was underpriced), why can't Hulu?

dvd-4-life 10-17-14 04:46 AM

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Does the new CBS streaming service play non-stop or does it stop after every episode?

RichC2 10-17-14 08:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Alan Smithee (Post 12272207)
Which makes me wonder exactly how much they WOULD have to charge for a commercial-free version (when I cancelled my free trials in the past, they asked for reasons for cancelling and always had "I would pay more for a commercial-free service" as an option which I always marked), or how much more they would have to charge for advertising if they just let everyone access Hulu Plus with no subscription fee. I know Hulu's material is more current than Netflix's, but if Netflix can have the amount of content they do with no commercials at their current price (which even as a Cheap Bastard, I've always thought was underpriced), why can't Hulu?

Next day is just really expensive. You have to figure, Netflix paid $2m per episode for The Blacklist, and that's for the equivalent of syndication rights between 6 months and 1 year after the episode has aired. You can imagine how much it'd cost to have it as it airs. I do agree that Netflix is underpriced. I like to imagine what they could pull off if it were $9.99 a month. That's an extra $1.2b a year.


Originally Posted by dvd-4-life (Post 12272826)
Does the new CBS streaming service play non-stop or does it stop after every episode?

I would hope they would do it like Hulu and Netflix where it's your choice.

printerati 10-17-14 08:46 AM

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Originally Posted by TheBigDave (Post 12271860)
I think that's only for the live feed. Everyone else should still be able to access the on demand content.

You are correct. I misread it.

No Roku, Chromecast, etc. support yet, either.

BackStJoe 10-17-14 12:18 PM

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I'm new to this Roku game...but I can call up the FOX app and watch stuff for free. I'm already paying for cable, why would I pay for this?

I understand for charging for people who have 'cut the cord' but a portion of my cable bill is already going to CBS...all I want to do is see whole episode of The Good Wife when they cut if off for Football*

*there should be no scripted shows on Sunday night...they should turn it into a sports night or something.

RichC2 10-17-14 12:36 PM

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Because CBS doesn't believe in the internets.

Ropes Pierre 10-26-14 03:10 PM

Re: CBS Launches $5.99 A Month Subscription Streaming Service
 

Originally Posted by RichC2 (Post 12271640)
:down:

http://deadline.com/2014/10/cbs-laun...ervice-852895/

I'm not sure who would pay $5.99 for this service.

i would pay as much as 6.03 for the ability to watch gilligans island. for me it is a no brainer and steal. i am signing up before they regain their sanity and realize they are giving away the store.

dvd-4-life 10-26-14 03:26 PM

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When will it become a Roku Channel?

Xbox69 11-28-14 10:51 PM

Re: CBS Launches $5.99 A Month Subscription Streaming Service
 
Through 12/1, they are offering 1-month FREE.

http://www.cbs.com/all-access/?ftag=AAM6d13ff2

Alan Smithee 11-29-14 01:34 AM

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I'll wait to try it when they have it on the Roku. No sense in paying anything to watch it on my computer- but if they can deliver the entire run of Sonny & Cher, at the proper frame rate and with the commercials from the original broadcasts, I'll be a lifetime subscriber :)

dvd-4-life 11-30-14 05:33 AM

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I finally decided too get it.

Watched Hawaii Five-O (original) s12 ep 1 along with Perry Mason s1 ep 1.

Picture quality wasn't the greatest. Picture was jittery.

It should improve over time especially when it becomes a Roku Channel.

Don't know if there is enough programming to hold my interest.

TheBigDave 06-08-15 07:52 AM

Re: CBS Launches $5.99 A Month Subscription Streaming Service
 
Has anyone signed-up for CBS All Access? I'm thinking about trying it out to catch up on the last season of Elementary.

How is the video/audio quality on current shows? Is it HD? Stereo or 5.1?

Are there a lot of commercials?

dvd-4-life 06-08-15 10:56 AM

Re: CBS Launches $5.99 A Month Subscription Streaming Service
 
It takes about an hour to watch 45 minute shows that have commericals. Basically the same commercial over and over again.

Eddie W 06-08-15 11:19 AM

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Originally Posted by dvd-4-life (Post 12502606)
It takes about an hour to watch 45 minute shows that have commericals. Basically the same commercial over and over again.

So it's basically just like TV, but worse since you can't FF through the commercials. why would anyone pay $6/mo for this?

davidh777 06-08-15 11:47 AM

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Originally Posted by dvd-4-life (Post 12502606)
It takes about an hour to watch 45 minute shows that have commericals. Basically the same commercial over and over again.

Sounds about the same as watching CBS (and most other networks') shows on my Comcast on-demand service.

FiveO 06-08-15 12:44 PM

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Commercials = No Sale.

I cannot stand commercials...in any way shape or form.

Netflix/Amazon and VUDU do just fine by me.

Cable TV cut in July 2014.

dvd-4-life 06-08-15 02:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Eddie W (Post 12502634)
So it's basically just like TV, but worse since you can't FF through the commercials. why would anyone pay $6/mo for this?

The classics(or older shows) have no commercials.

DRG 06-29-15 10:51 AM

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Originally Posted by DJariya (Post 12271872)
Yeah, but another question is, how many separate streaming services are people willing to pay for to get the specific content they want?

If every freaking major network, basic or premium channel starts their own service, the costs are going to add up for households. Would someone be willing to shell out $10-15 per month each for separate AMC, TNT, FX, or Showtime services? Then there is the question of whether it will be live streaming or on demand. And will the on demand content have commercials like Hulu and now CBS?

This has been my main issue with the cord cutting thing... unless you only watch a handful of networks it will ultimately be more expensive to stream them all separately AND more of a pain in the ass because you'll have to deal with all these different websites/apps/logins/pay cycles/etc. instead of having them under one roof.

RichC2 06-29-15 11:58 AM

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Cord cutting is more for people that don't care too terribly much. Cable is great for people that watch a boatload of television, not so much for some of us that just casually watch TV and don't mind missing out on a few shows here or there.

CBS is free over the air in most places, as is ABC, Fox, NBC, etc; so that's actually even less of an issue. I see this as "CBS Extra".

Alan Smithee 06-29-15 04:46 PM

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I did the free trial of this when it started- good news is that there are NO logo bugs on the screen and the shows have the full end credits. Bad news is that the picture is overcompressed and as usual, video-based material isn't at the full frame rate, and sound is only 2-channel. Oh yeah, and the commercials are EXTREMELY repetitive! Since CBS owns the local affiliate here, you can also watch a low-quality stream of that with it (in 2-channel sound, at the wrong frame rate and a few seconds behind the TV broadcast), but I don't know why you would want to.

Decent amount of classic shows available too, but not worth the asking price.

Eddie W 06-29-15 05:55 PM

Re: CBS Launches $5.99 A Month Subscription Streaming Service
 
I'm trying this now to get the Big Brother live feeds. One interesting thing I did not know is that this works with Chromecast. And like most of things with Chromecast, I find the video to be a lot better when cast rather than watching directly from the app. It's still 2 channel though.

Like Alan said, the commercials suck. I can't figure out why services that insist on having commercials can't have more than 1-2 of the same ones over & over.

RichC2 06-29-15 06:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Eddie W (Post 12522533)
I'm trying this now to get the Big Brother live feeds. One interesting thing I did not know is that this works with Chromecast. And like most of things with Chromecast, I find the video to be a lot better when cast rather than watching directly from the app. It's still 2 channel though.

Like Alan said, the commercials suck. I can't figure out why services that insist on having commercials can't have more than 1-2 of the same ones over & over.

I think they still sell ad time in the traditional manner, for specific programs. And sales appear to be a little slow overall in adopting online advertising for TV shows.

TheBigDave 09-22-15 06:59 PM

Re: CBS Launches $5.99 A Month Subscription Streaming Service
 
One Month Free Trial

http://www.cbs.com/all-access/?cbsci...v&promo=falltv

davidh777 10-09-15 06:55 PM

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New one-month free trial using code BDAY1, expires 10/23.

b2net 10-10-15 04:47 AM

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I don't knock them for charging a monthly fee for the service except my opinion is it should be for past episodes only. I would have expected them to provide the latest episodes (up to a number of weeks) for free just like they provide clips now and only charge for anything older than that.

GatorDeb 10-12-15 03:38 AM

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They don't have full runs of all the shows I checked. I Love Lucy even skips around episodes. Any comprehensive list of what they have? Underwhelmed.

dvd-4-life 10-12-15 04:27 AM

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Originally Posted by GatorDeb (Post 12614719)
They don't have full runs of all the shows I checked. I Love Lucy even skips around episodes. Any comprehensive list of what they have? Underwhelmed.

They don't have all of the Perry Mason shows ,either.

I can sorta see why they do this. If they released every episode of every season,there would be no need to subscribe after watching all your favorite shows.

I don't know what they have in store for programming(stuff that has yet too be shown).

TheBigDave 02-08-16 02:16 AM

Re: CBS Launches $5.99 A Month Subscription Streaming Service
 
I was hoping CBS All Access would fizzle out and the shows would end up on Hulu. But that looks doubtful now.


Exclusive: With full power at CBS, CEO Moonves sees more aggressive move to digital

CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves, who was given the additional title of executive chairman this week, is planning more original content and looking at taking some of his network's shows off the air and putting them exclusively on its subscription-based CBS All Access service, to compete with the growing popularity of Netflix and Hulu.

It is a bold but not sudden move for the traditional television executive running a network known for its older viewers, who approached the digital TV revolution gingerly but is now pushing his company to its forefront.

The network's push to ramp up its online All Access service - which offers its shows on PCs, tablets and smartphones for $5.99 a month - comes as media companies are rethinking their business models and their relationships with streaming video providers, treating them more like competitors than allies.

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Moonves is also considering putting shows on All Access from the CW Network, its joint venture with Time Warner Inc's Warner Bros, which produced the offbeat hits "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and "Jane the Virgin." Ultimately, Moonves said he wants the service to include content from its Showtime subsidiary, best known for "Homeland" and "Dexter," and possibly shows from other partners.

He would not say which CBS shows would be candidates for exclusive distribution on the All Access service, but suggested it would be original content and shows that have an avid fan base but not necessarily high ratings.

CBS already said last year that its new "Star Trek" series, scheduled for 2017, would premiere on the network then switch exclusively to All Access.

Moonves said CBS could have sold "Star Trek" to Netflix, Amazon or Hulu for "a pretty nice profit," but instead is betting that it will attract more mobile-savvy viewers willing to pay for subscriptions, which he hopes will be more valuable in the long term.

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It is unclear how exactly the CBS All Access service, which launched 18 months ago, is doing. The network will not disclose how many subscribers the service has, but Jefferies analyst John Janedis estimates it is around 500,000. That is a fraction of Netflix's tens of millions of viewers.

Moonves believes his relative success in the digital realm may be down to the skepticism he brings from a pre-smartphone era, and not just saying yes to new ideas.

Looking back, he is glad CBS said no to buying a stake in online streaming service Hulu, saying his team convinced him it did not make sense and that CBS would be better off controlling its own content.

Moonves admits he was worried about losing ratings, upsetting the network's affiliates and cannibalizing its business with the launch of All Access, but is now fully behind it.

"We are investing in the future of All Access, which we think is an important part of our future," he said.

FULL ARTICLE - http://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-full...--finance.html
I guess I don't mind. I just want a commercial-free option.


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