CBS is making its commercial-free All Access streaming service available to Amazon Prime subscribers through Amazon Channels for $9.99 per month.
The move will give Prime subscribers access to commercial-free episodes on demand, including current primetime, late night and daytime CBS shows in addition to older CBS shows. Customers will also get full building seasons of all current CBS primetime series, all past seasons of 14 CBS series, a livestream of their local CBS station, and original series including “Star Trek: Discovery.”
Although it’s called All Access commercial-free, live local CBS streams still include the same commercials as the over-the-air broadcast, and select on-demand shows will include promotional interruptions. CBS and Amazon said that the $5.99 limited commercial plan will be available in the future.
“As the first Amazon Channels partner to offer a linear feed of a subscriber’s local broadcast station in addition to video on demand, we’re thrilled to bring live programming to Prime members,” said Rob Gelick, senior vice president and general manager of Digital Platforms at CBS Interactive, in a statement.
For Prime members in the U.S., CBS All Access will work on the Prime Video app for mobile devices, smart TVs, game consoles, set top boxes, including Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.
Instead of pushing a virtual MVPD to compete with the likes of AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Dish Network’s Sling TV, YouTube TV and Hulu, Amazon has reportedly placed its focus on building out its Channels lineup. Amazon now offers more than 140 channels in the U.S., 55 in the United Kingdom and 37 in Germany.
For Prime members, Channels offers a video hub where they can add and consolidate billing for premium networks including HBO and Showtime as well as more niche SVODs like AMC’s Shudder and BBC’s Britbox.
For CBS, the availability of All Access on Amazon Channels could help propel the service toward its goal of 8 million total combined subscribers with Showtime OTT by 2020.