Sometimes, if you wish hard enough, dreams DO come true. Hopefully without caveats.
Since we first heard about the plan to put Star Trek Discovery on CBS’ All Access streaming service after the pilot airs, we’ve been concerned about their talk of commercial breaks. They call it a “limited commercial load,” but that still meant 12-minutes of ads per-hour, which is disappointing to anyone who pays for other streaming services that are commercial-free. Hulu has tiers, with a higher price for ad-free viewing, and this was a model we were hoping CBS would emulate.
Thankfully, CBS announced today that this is indeed the game plan. A regular subscription to All Access costs $5.99/month, and the commercial-free version is $9.99, and it’s already available.
The only thing that has us worried is this language:
CBS All Access’s live-streaming of local CBS stations, which is available in more than 150 U.S. markets, will continue to feature the same commercials as the over-the-air broadcast [since it is in effect a simulcast of your local affiliate], while select on-demand shows will include “promotional interruptions”.
What we hope is that this will be similar to Hulu’s ads, which only come at the top, and are always for their original shows. Okay, what we REALLY hope is that it won’t happen at all during Star Trek Discovery, but that’s our second choice.
If commercial free really IS commercial free, it’s #AdFreeOption for the win!
UPDATE: We have the press release, which offers more clarity. Discovery will be commercial free to the $9.99/month subscribers!
“CBS ALL ACCESS” ROLLS OUT COMMERCIAL-FREE OPTION FOR SUBSCRIBERS
CBS All Access Subscribers Can Now Watch the Service’s On-Demand Content
Commercial-Free for $9.99/Month or with Reduced Commercials for $5.99/Month
August 31, 2016 – CBS Corporation today announced the launch of a commercial-free plan for the CBS All Access subscription service. In addition to the existing subscription offering of $5.99/month, subscribers now have the option to watch CBS All Access’s on-demand content commercial-free for $9.99/month.
“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,” said Marc DeBevoise, President and Chief Operating Officer of CBS Interactive. “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.”
With the commercial-free plan, subscribers will be able to watch CBS All Access’s on-demand library of more than 7,500 episodes, including full current seasons of primetime hits like BIG BROTHER, BLUE BLOODS, MADAM SECRETARY and THE ODD COUPLE among many others, as well as late night, daytime and news programming, all without commercials. CBS All Access’s upcoming original series, including the next chapter of the legendary “Star Trek” TV franchise, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, a spinoff of “The Good Wife” and a new digital edition of “Big Brother” will also be available commercial-free under the $9.99/month plan.
Subscribers to the $5.99/month plan will continue to experience reduced commercials when watching on-demand content and be able to watch CBS Classics without commercials. Current subscribers will have the option to move to the commercial-free plan by logging on to their account through CBS.com.
For the commercial-free plan, CBS All Access‘s live-streaming offering of local CBS Television stations, which is available throughout the U.S. in more than 150 markets, will continue to feature the same commercials as the over-the-air broadcast, and select on-demand shows will include promotional interruptions.
CBS All Access is available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices and tablets via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Chromecast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, with more connected device platforms coming soon.
For more details and to sign up for a CBS All Access subscription, visit: CBS.com/allaccess.