After finding success in partnering with Amazon Prime Video in January, CBS All Access has now added a reduced-ad version to that service. Now fans have the option of paying $5.99 a month for the standard version with commercials or $9.99 a month for a version with fewer advertisements. This version is available through Amazon’s “Channels” menu option. CBS All Access is the first such channel that offers linear broadcast of local TV. Prime has a base fee of $99 per year.
Earlier this month, CBS CEO Les Moonves said during a conference call:
“Amazon has been absolutely amazing in terms of growing our subs. They’ve been at the top of the list, and we like what they’re doing. And we would say we get more with them than any of our other partners, although some of the other ones are more recently in the ballgame.”
CBS hopes to see subscribers for All Access and Showtime total 16 million by 2022. Moonves’ praise echoes that of HBO and Starz who have also seen greater success after partnering with Amazon.
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ is definitely CBS All Access’ most high-profile show and is likely responsible for the majority of subscribers. All Access also offers ‘After Trek’ a chat series similar to AMC’s ‘Talking Dead’ and will also serve as home to the untitled Jean-Luc Picard series which returns Patrick Stewart to his legendary role from ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’. It can also be used to stream the original ‘Star Trek’ series, the vintage animated series, plus ‘TNG’, ‘Deep Space Nine’, ‘Enterprise’, and ‘Voyager’. Additionally, All Access offers other originals, ‘The Good Fight’, ‘Strange Angel’, ‘No Activity’, reality series ‘Big Brother: Over the Top’, the upcoming ‘One Dollar’ and ‘Tell Me A Story’ a dark modern twist on classic fairy tales created by Kevin Williamson (the ‘Scream’ franchise).
Are you a user of either Amazon Prime Video or CBS All Access? Are you pleased to have them combined forces?