CBS is taking a huge gamble with Bryan Fuller‘s ‘Star Trek: Discovery‘ by releasing the show exclusively on CBS All Access which sounds like it could limit how many people are actually able to get their eyes on the series. To deal with what could be a speedbump to viewership on what the studio hopes will be a new flagship series they are offering new versions of the subscription network which they have created.
Previously the main option was just a $5.95 per month plan with commercials though now CBGS All Access is also adding a commercial-free choice for those willing to spend $9.99 a month. While that is great for anyone who wants to watch ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ without commercials and is willing to pay for it, the problem is the rest of the content that you’ll have access to.
Let’s be honest here, the majority of shows on CBS these days are re-runs or rather dull. Yes, ‘Brain Dead’ has been an interesting new concept and ‘American Gothic’ clearly has potential but genre fans aren’t going to have a lot of options to really choose from here.
According to Marc DeBevoise, President and Chief Operating Officer of CBS Interactive:
“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. 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.”
The network itself will have over 7,500 episodes available from their various shows but for those who live in a primary science fiction, fantasy, and horror watching household this won’t necessarily be a good deal.
Honestly, as much as I want to watch the series I’m kind of holding my breath for an announcement that it will go to Netflix at the end of each season.
If you are planning to check out ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ stateside are you more likely to watch it on the commercial plan or commercial-free version? Do you think CBS has the right idea to put this on their subscription network or will they stifle viewership before it even airs? Share your thoughts below!
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