Yesterday, pigs finally flew and HBO announced that it was going to offer a standalone streaming service in 2015. Today, CBS announced a similar service called All Access, available for $5.99 a month. At the time of launch, consumers in fourteen cities will have live access to their local CBS station. So you can stream the news and “The Good Wife” as they air.
It’s like Christmas in October.
Ok, well not for sports fans. You won’t be able to stream Thursday Night Football, or any NFL content for that matter. And though there are thousands of episodes available of vintage CBS — like “Twin Peaks,” and “Star Trek” — you can’t watch old seasons of “The Big Bang Theory,” which is OK because haven’t you seen them all already?
Lets hear it for CBS for taking the lead among the networks and for giving us live news, too. You can currently stream ABC live, but you need a cable subscription still. CBS just made things get very, very real for people looking to get out of their bundle.
All Access will launch in NYC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore, with new markets to be added in the future. You can get today.