CBS All Access targets cord cutters

Posted October 16, 2014 1:16 p.m. EDT
Updated October 17, 2014 2:12 p.m. EDT

CBS Corporation announced a new, on-demand digital video platform Thursday that will allow viewers to subscribe to network programming for $5.99 per month.

CBS All Access will include episodes of current and previous seasons and classic shows from the CBS library.

It will debut in 14 markets across the U.S. where CBS owns and operates the local affiliate. The Triangle, where WRAL-TV is owned by Capitol Broadcasting Corp., is not included in that list of test markets.

"When this becomes available throughout the country, including the WRAL-TV coverage area, we will evaluate this product,” WRAL-TV General Manager Steve Hammel said.

The service allows fans to watch CBS programming online and on mobile devices through the CBS app for iOS and Android. The company has plans to offer CBS All Access on other major connected devices in the coming months.

For $5.99 a month, CBS All Access includes:

  • Full current seasons of 15 primetime shows with episodes available the day after they air
  • Ability to live stream local CBS stations
  • Full past seasons of 8 major current series including "The Good Wife," "Blue
  • Bloods" and "Survivor"
  • More than 5,000 episodes of CBS Classics including all episodes of hits like "Star Trek," "Cheers," "Macgyver," "Twin Peaks" and "CSI: Miami"
  • Access to exclusive additional content for CBS special events like "The Grammy Awards," "The Academy Awards" and "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show"
  • Live feeds from Big Brother when the show returns next summer

Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations said, “With video consumption habits changing all the time, it is very important that we continue to provide the best local news, entertainment and sports via a service like CBS All Access. We are extremely pleased to be a part of this exciting new service, and look forward to reaching a whole new set of viewers in our major markets across the country.”