CBS All Access Reaches the Roku

OTT Service Offered on Its First TV-Connected Platform
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CBS All Access, CBS’s new subscription-based OTT service, has become available on the Roku platform, marking its first hook-up with a TV-connected device.

On Roku, the CBS All Access Channel will replace the current CBS Channel, which offers clips. Existing users will automatically be upgraded to the new channel today (April 7), but will still have the ability to watch clips without being an All Access subscriber, CBS said.

CBS All Access, launched last fall for $5.99 per month, also supports iOS and Android mobile devices and Web browsers at CBS.com. The service features a video-on-demand library and a Nielsen-measured live TV stream in 14 U.S. markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, with more markets slated to be added. On the VOD side, CBS All Access features full current seasons of 16 primetime CBS shows, including Scorpion and Madam Secretary, with new episodes becoming available the day after they air on CBS. It also offers full past seasons of shows such as The Good Wife and Survivor,

“The launch of CBS All Access’s Channel marks the first of many connected device platforms we’ll be bringing CBS All Access to in the coming months,” Marc DeBevoise, EVP and GM, entertainment, sports and news, for CBS Interactive, said in a statement. “This launch brings us even closer to delivering on our promise to give our viewers access to more of CBS’s world-class programming on whichever platform they choose.”

CBS has not said how many people have signed up for CBS All Access, but company CEO Les Moonves told investors in March that the figure had eclipsed the reported 100,000 or so that had registered for Sling TV, Dish Network's new OTT pay-TV service, which currently doesn’t offer CBS.

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