Skip to main content

ViacomCBS goes the HBO Max route, sets expansion plans for CBS All Access

Star Trek: Picard | NYCC Trailer | CBS All Access

Just when it seemed like we’d seen the last announcement of a new streaming service, ViacomCBS is reportedly circling back with plans to significantly expand — or possibly relaunch entirely — its current service, dubbed CBS All Access.

The new service will combine the existing content available on CBS All Access with Viacom’s media library, following the 2019 merger of CBS and Viacom. According to CNBC, the service is expected to include the Paramount Pictures movie library, as well as programming from premium cable network Showtime.

The report hasn’t been confirmed by ViacomCBS at this point, but if it proves true, the service appears to share a lot in common with WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, the streaming video service that will launch in May 2020. Both services bundle a mix of their respective parent companies’ network TV and movie libraries along with established premium TV programming.

The new service (which has yet to receive a name, but hopefully won’t be “CBS All Access Max” or “CBS All Access Plus”) will reportedly be available in both ad-free and premium tiers, with the latter giving subscribers access to Showtime programming.

Although the decision to launch a new streaming service might seem to be coming a little late given the lead that Disney+ and Netflix already have in the marketplace — as well as the fact that NBCUniversal’s Peacock and the aforementioned HBO Max both already have launches planned — the expansion makes sense for ViacomCBS. CBS was one of the first media companies to launch a stand-alone streaming service with CBS All Access in 2014, but last year’s merger with Viacom exponentially expanded the company’s potential library of films and TV series.

Where CBS All Access was limited to CBS’ relatively small television and film library prior to the merger, a new ViacomCBS service would have access to Nickelodeon, BET, MTV, Comedy Central, Pluto TV, and the Paramount Pictures movie vault. That’s a major expansion, and with the rebranding of the company as ViacomCBS, it makes a new service — with a new name — an increasingly likely outcome.

According to the report’s unidentified sources within ViacomCBS, the new service is expected to have a starting price of less than $10 per month. Currently, CBS All Access costs $6 monthly for the ad-supported model and $10 per month for ad-free access to its library of new and classic TV series. That includes some original programming, such as Star Trek: Discovery and the recently launched Star Trek: Picard, as well as a reboot of The Twilight Zone produced by Jordan Peele.

ViacomCBS is expected to confirm plans for the service and reveal more details during an upcoming earnings conference call on February 20.

Editors' Recommendations

Rick Marshall
A veteran journalist with more than two decades of experience covering local and national news, arts and entertainment, and…
How to watch the 2024 AEW Double or Nothing live stream
Logo for AEW Double or Nothing.

All Elite Wrestling (AEW) fans know that Memorial Day weekend means one thing: Double or Nothing. The Double or Nothing pay-per-view event was the first PPV in company history, back in May 2019. Fast-forward to Sunday night, and Double or Nothing remains one of the company's marquee events.

The 2024 AEW Double or Nothing match card is stacked with intriguing matchups. AEW World Champion Swerve Strickland makes his first PPV title defense against Christian Cage. Double or Nothing also marks the AEW in-ring debut of Mercedes Moné, who takes on Willow Nightingale for the AEW TBS Championship.
When and where is 2024 AEW Double or Nothing?
AEW Double or Nothing - LIVE on Pay Per View | Sunday, May 26 | 8e/5p

Read more
The best thrillers on Amazon Prime Video right now
L.B. Jeffries laid up in his courtyard apartment in Rear Window.

Amazon Prime Video is a terrific streaming platform that splits its offerings between cinematic and episodic classics, as well as new releases. One genre that gets a lot of attention on this VOD hub is thrillers. With no shortage of pulse-pounding titles on tap, Prime Video’s best thrillers force you to think while you’re glued to the edge of your seat.

It’s our job to stay up on the platform’s latest and greatest offerings, so we’ve rounded up all the best thriller movies on Prime Video for June 2024.
Amazon Prime may have a robust catalog, but it doesn't have everything. Luckily, we've also curated roundups of the best thrillers on Netflix and the best thrillers on Hulu.

Read more
5 best Netflix comedy movies you should watch on Memorial Day
Jennifer Lawrence and Andrew Barth Feldman in No Hard Feelings.

Memorial Day may be a somewhat somber holiday, but it doesn't mean that you can't have some fun on the long weekend. And judging from the dismal box office of both Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga and The Garfield Movie, it seems like most movie lovers are already staying home this weekend. In that case, we're going to share our suggestions for the five best Netflix comedy movies you should watch on Memorial Day.

These five flicks really are among the top comedy offerings on Netflix. But two of them are leaving in June, so watch them while you can because you may not get a chance when a new month begins next Saturday.
Happy Gilmore (1996)

Read more