CBS’ streaming service for cord cutters, CBS All Access, is rounding out its programming lineup by adding live, anchored new coverage and original reporting to its subscription service by way of CBSN. The 24/7 news channel will initially be offered to CBS All Access subscribers on desktop and laptop computers via CBS.com starting on August 3rd, with the ability to watch via other CBS All Access platforms, including mobile devices and connected TVs, arriving this fall.
It makes sense that CBSN would be added to the network’s larger streaming service, given that its news coverage was already available via CBSNews.com, as well as the CBS News app for mobile and connected TV devices. After all, you shouldn’t have to switch between CBS’s apps just to watch CBSN’s news.
Prior to the CBSN addition, CBS All Access had a number of other news programs available. Added to this, CBSN will offer live news and original reporting, including its more recent expansion of long-form, investigative reporting with its primetime summer series.
The highly anticipated new show aims to leverage the Star Trek fandom to drive interest in the standalone streaming service, which is otherwise more of a hard sell in an era where quality, original programming is available to cord cutters and cable subscribers alike via Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO and others.
With the addition of CBSN, however, CBS All Access becomes a bit more compelling, as it taps into one of the missing components in many cord cutters’ existing lineups.
CBS All Access is an affordable way to just tack on access to live local news, nightly news, and now, 24/7 news, too. The CBS streaming service itself costs $6/month or $10/month, for its ad-supported and commercial-free tiers, respectively, if you buy directly from CBS.