CBS has recently announced that their streaming service, CBS All Access, will have a “commercial free” option for $9.99 a month, according to The Wrap. This option is in addition to the previously announced streaming option that will cost $5.99 a month.
The president and COO of CBS Interactive, Marc DeBevoise, announced the plan via Variety by saying:
“The foundation of CBS All Access is not only about giving CBS fans access to more of the content they want, but also giving them more choice in how they watch their favorite CBS programming. The addition of a commercial-free plan gives our subscribers even more ways to customize their CBS viewing experience – from which devices to whether they watch in or out of the home, and now with commercials or without.”
However, the commercial free CBS All Access option appears to be somewhat of a misnomer. If the customer is watching their favorite CBS show live, the CBS All Access option will not strip out the commercials in the live version. Additionally, certain on demand programs will have promotional interruptions, which will be fifteen seconds each, and no more than thirty seconds for every half hour of programming. Both of these footnotes are problematic to the CBS All Access “commercial free” label, but still will likely be minimally disruptive for customers.
More About CBS All Access:
CBS All Access is a streaming service found on the CBS website that was initially launched in the Fall of 2014. It allows customers to view the CBS network live as well as older episodes of their favorite CBS shows. In addition, CBS is planning to add some shows that will be exclusive to the streaming service, including Bryan Fuller’s Star Trek: Discovery and an as yet unnamed spinoff to the very popular but recently ended show The Good Wife.
Word of the Nerd will report more on this story as it develops.