CBS All Access, (http://www.cbs.com/all-access/upsell/) CBS' new online monthly subscription service, opened last week to much fanfare. For a monthly fee of $5.99 users can view more than 6,500 episodes on demand and view live TV with access via CBS.com and the CBS app for iOS and Android.
The service does not provide all viewable content on CBS' television stations and a viewing delay still exists for current primetime series which hit the site the day after broadcast. Users in the 14 largest U.S. markets can live stream local CBS Television stations. Shows such as "Big Brother" will live stream. Users can stream more than 5,000 episodes of "CBS Classics" ad-free, which includes shows like "Star Trek" and "CSI: Miami." Subscription does include some sporting events such as college football, including the SEC, but does not include the NFL games CBS broadcasts on Sunday afternoon and Thursday nights. CBS doesn't own the streaming rights for those games but, is in talks with the NFL, according to SBNation.com.
"CBS All Access is another key step in the Company's long-standing strategy of monetizing our local and national content in the ways that viewers want it," said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation. "This new subscription service will deliver the most of CBS to our biggest fans while being additive to the overall ecosystem." (CBSNews, CBS All Access, SBNation.com)
HBO enters the fray in 2015, when it launches its direct to consumer online video service, HBO GO, in the U.S. The cable station currently offers the service in Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
Although HBO has not released an official pricing structure, the company tested a monthly price of $14.99, via consumer research group Confirmit, as previously reported in Movitly. There are 80 million homes without HBO, and “we will use all measures to go after them,” said HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler. (Deadline.com, WDTV).