CBS announced today that CBS All Access now offers offline viewing for most of their content. Offline viewing is a popular feature that has been added by Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, and will soon be available on Hulu. The mobile app feature allows users to download content locally to their device, which can be convenient for viewing when no internet access is available, such as car rides or airplane trips, or if you just want to limit your data usage when not on a Wi-Fi network.
CBS calls the feature “Download & Play.” It’s available on iOS and Android devices with the latest CBS app (version 6.0) which was just released. Download & Play is considered a premium feature, so it is only available to subscribers with the $9.99/month commercial-free plan. It is also only for those who subscribe directly to CBS All Access, and not currently available if you subscribe through Amazon Prime.
Downloaded content is accessible for 30 days from the date of download or 48 hours from start of playback. Downloaded content is not playable outside the U.S.
Most content on All Access is available to watch offline, including:
- Exclusive original series from CBS All Access: Star Trek: Discovery, After Trek, The Good Fight, One Dollar, Strange Angel, No Activity
- Reality competitions: Big Brother, Survivor
- Network primetime dramas: Blue Bloods, Bull, Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver, NCIS: New Orleans
- News magazines: 60 Minutes, 48 Hours
- All classic shows available with CBS All Access (for example: All the previous Star Trek series, Cheers, Twin Peaks, etc.)
Surround sound rolling out on All Access
In other All Access news, proper surround sound support is being rolled out to select devices with the All Access app. Currently, the supported devices are mostly standalone streaming devices, notably game consoles aren’t surround enabled yet, but CBS says they should be rolling out support in the coming months.
The following devices now support 5.1 sound with CBS All Access:
- Apple TV Gen. 4 + 4K (tvOS)
- Apple TV Gen. 3 (Legacy)
Roku (Gen. 3+)[Broken by a Fall 2018 update]
- Fire TV (Gen. 2+)
- Android TV
New at All Access
CBS continues to expand the number of original series for All Access. In the summer they released the first season of the paranormal drama Strange Angel. At the end of August, they launched the crime drama One Dollar. And on Halloween, they will debut the modern-retelling of fairytales show, Tell Me a Story (see trailer below).
At San Diego Comic-Con, CBS announced this fall they will debut Star Trek: Short Treks a series of four mini-episodes tied into Star Trek: Discovery. The second season of Discovery, which is currently over halfway through production, will debut in early 2019. The next show to debut on All Access in 2019 is expected to be the reboot of The Twilight Zone, which is currently being developed by Get Out writer/director Jordan Peele.
And of course CBS All Access is developing multiple Star Trek series, with the first featuring the return of Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news here at TrekMovie.