CBS has big plans for their new streaming service, CBS All Access. Recently, network chief Les Moonves said they intend to launch three or four new series each year through the subscription platform, Variety reports.
CBS launched All Access back in 2014. Currently, the service offers content from 14 of the network’s stations for $5.99 a month.
The first original series for CBS All Access will be the network’s new incarnation of Star Trek, which is being developed by former Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller. Moonves said the series will launch on television, but all subsequent episodes will only be available on All Access. The series is expected to debut in early 2017.
The move is part of CBS’ larger plan to move toward digital streaming as HBO, The CW, and several other networks have also done.
From CBS exec Marc DeBevoise:
Having ‘Star Trek’ as our first original is a declaration of how serious we are about building this service.”
What do you think? Do you have CBS All Access? Would you subscribe to watch Star Trek and other new series?
We will see how fast CBS realizes how bad their idea of streaming is. Very few if anyone will pay to watch only their programs for a fee when you would rather watch it on regular cable on CBS where the viewers are. I am a life long fan of Star Trek, but I refuse to stoop to their level to give them $$ to watch it. If they have any brains (doubt it) they will forgo the so-called ‘streaming’ and air the programs on cable. See how fast they will change their minds.
CBS has a long way to go before I’ll pay $5.99 a month to watch reruns of old TV shows. If the new series only airs 1 new episode per week and has 13 to 23 episodes that adds up to a lot of $5.99s.
I don’t think CBS has thought it through. Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, etc show not only their own series but series from other outlets as well. CBS All Access likely will stream only CBS, which for the most part are ho-hum shows I don’t watch, with a couple of exceptions. If their quality were more like HBO, Showtime, perhaps it would be worth looking at, but that’s unlikely, so won’t waste my money on CBS’ site.