CBS All Access Review: Is It Worth Your Money?

CBS All Access is actually one of my favorite streaming services. In this CBS All Access review we will look at why it’s one of my favorites, what the service has to offer, any special features, and the overall benefit of CBS All Access. The reason I love CBS All Access is because it filters out a lot of the noise. I am one of those people that will troll Netflix for hours. I can find hundreds of things I wouldn’t mind watching, but having them all at my fingertips leads me to look to see if anything is better or if there is something I want to watch more. CBS All Access only offers TV shows, and they all air on or are owned by CBS.

There is a nice mix of currently airing and what they call “classic” shows, which are just shows that aren’t really airing anymore. You also have access to a variety of specials and awards shows that have aired.

CBS All Access Features

CBS All Access has a lot to offer. Beyond the fewer ads and the option of removing ads altogether, CBS offers the option for live streaming over 8,500 individual episodes, and the ability to watch on multiple devices.

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You won’t be tethered to any one specific device as you can access CBS All Access on your computer, phone/tablet, or devices like Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, or Xbox. No matter how you choose to watch CBS All Access, the setup is pretty much the same. It’s easy to find the shows you’re looking for, and it’s easy to search for shows.

If you live in one of over one hundred cities you can watch CBS All Access live streaming. You will have the opportunity to watch whatever is airing on CBS. If you’re not in one of these cities they will be adding more, so it’s only a matter of time until it’s available to you. Shows tend to be added to the network shortly after they air on TV, so if you have to wait, it shouldn’t be for long.

Many of the shows offer full seasons. The current shows offering full seasons include Madam Secretary and Scorpion. Classic shows have full seasons available, as well. And now, CBS will also be offering All Access originals including a new Star Trek series.

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The only real downside also has to do with the episodes. Unlike a streaming service like HBO or Showtime, where you get every episode of every show, with CBS, some shows offer you all the episodes, and other shows, like Code Black or Criminal Minds, only offer anywhere from four to seven episodes at any given time. In some cases, the episodes don’t go in order. For instance, if a new season show is available there might be two or three episodes from the beginning of the show, and then a few more of the most recent episodes.

CBS All Access Cost

As with most things streaming, it doesn’t come free. If you’re asking how much will CBS All Access cost, the answer is not too much. Ultimately, it depends on if you want to sit through commercials or not. If you’re patient and don’t mind some commercials (you’ll pay less than watching traditional television) you can pay just $5.99. This is a phenomenal deal, especially if you watch a lot of CBS shows. If you hate commercials and don’t want to bother (basically me) you end up paying $9.99, but on the bright side, you don’t have commercials. Canceling is as easy as logging into your account and clicking the cancel button. It really is a hassle free process.

If you’re on the fence you can make use of the CBS All Access free trial. Like a lot of streaming services these days, the CBS All Access free trial lasts for a week. That gives you a few days to watch as many of the shows as you want, and really get a good feel for the service. Use the time and see how much you’re actually watching the service. To celebrate the upcoming fall season if you use the code FALLACCESS you can upgrade from a free week to a free month!

CBS All Access Review Conclusion

For $10 or less (if you don’t mind commercials), CBS All Access is an amazing deal. The only thing I would like to see changed is that I’d like access to all episodes of every show. This would give you a greater ability to pick up on new shows that you haven’t been watching. Still, I have CBS All Access, and use it all the time. It’s a great way to stay current on CBS shows, and the quality in the streaming service rivals the best of them.

Ashtyn Evans

Ashtyn Evans

Ashtyn Evans is a screenwriter and freelance writer from the Midwest. She owns nearly a thousand films on Amazon and holds streaming subscriptions to everything from HBO and Hulu to Showtime and Starz. Email her at ashtynevans@streamingobserver.com.
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2 Comments on "CBS All Access Review: Is It Worth Your Money?"

  1. Has “CBS All Access” gotten better? Will it get better before “Star Trek Discovery” debuts?

    Here is the reason that I am asking: I tried it in Winter/Spring 2016. I paid the $5.99 and it sucked! The image was blurry when in rendered. The streaming paused frequently. No it was not me , not my devices, nor my router, nor my internet provider. I stream 4K Netflix, and HBO Go, and 4K YouTube, and have no problems. The picture quality of CBS All Access was awful.

    And to top that off, I was paying $6 , and still got commercials! The aforementioned paid-for streaming competition doesn’t have commercials!

    So I repeat my questions ……… Has “CBS All Access” gotten better? Will it get better before “Star Trek Discovery” debuts?

    Thanks

    • I haven’t experienced the performance issues with All Access, so I can’t speak to your experience there. The $6 version does still have commercials, but they do have a $9.99 commercial-free version now.

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