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CBS unveils streaming platform

CBS is set to become the first US network to launch a stand-alone streaming option for viewers, just days after cabler HBO announced it was planning a web TV service.

CBS All Access will boast more than 6,500 episodes available to stream on computers, smartphones and tablets.

The US$5.99-a-month service will include classic series such as Frasier and the entire run of Star Trek, as well as current primetime shows like The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife and 60 Minutes.

“CBS All Access is another key step in the company’s long-standing strategy of monetising our local and national content in the ways viewers want it,” CBS president and CEO Les Moonves said in a statement.

Smaller US firms have previously announced they intend to create streaming subscription services but CBS is the largest to actually make the move.

The news comes just days after US premium cablenet HBO revealed it would launch a standalone internet-based on-demand service in the US in 2015, helping to put a dent in Netflix’s share price.

Moonves previously mooted a CBS subscription service in the midst of his ultimately successful court battle with online streamer Aereo. In March, he threatened to move the US network off the airwaves and on to the internet if Aereo won the case.


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