Watching CBS All Access
CBS was the first major U.S. broadcast network to launch a premium streaming service. It’s notable for being the home for all things Star Trek, including the current Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard series.
Every show that’s in the current CBS primetime lineup is available on CBS All Access, which makes it a good place to catch up on your favorite network programming, from Criminal Minds and NCIS to Mom and Survivor. You can also watch the latest episodes of Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden, as well as 60 Minutes, The Price Is Right, and The Talk.
More notably, CBS All Access is the exclusive home (in the United States, anyway) for Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, and the upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. All the other Star Trek series are here, as well, including the original series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Voyager.
CBS All Access offers other original series, including The Good Fight, No Activity, One Dollar, Strange Angel, Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone, and Why Women Kill. The service also is adding a variety of movies from Paramount, which is a subsidiary or ViacomCBS.
In addition, you can use the CBS All Access app to watch your local CBS station live in real time, and you can watch feeds from CBS Sports HQ and the otherwise little-known CBSN news network.
What It Costs
CBS offers two All Access plans. The Limited Commercials plan (which, as the name implies, allows you to suffer through what it deems a limited number of advertisements) runs $5.99 USD per month or $59.99 USD per year. If you’d rather excise advertisements entirely, go with the No Commercials plan for $9.99 USD per month or $99.99 USD per year.
CBS All Access is not the most technically advanced service available today. There’s no 4K or Dolby Atmos. Programming is 1080p HD max, with most shows in plain old-fashioned stereo; only a few programs feature Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. CBS lets you view All Access programming on only two devices at a time.