The slim streaming library on offer may not compare to Netflix’s gigantic TV show and movie catalogue (with some notable omissions like Star Trek: Discovery, but it’s still early days for the service and you can take what is available for a test-drive with a one-month free trial.
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Is there a catch?
There’s no catch, if you sign up to the one-month free trial and remember to cancel your subscription at the end of the calendar month, you won’t pay a cent. However, it’s worth noting that failing to do so will result in an automatic debit on your attached credit card for $5.99.
This will recur every calendar month until you cancel your subscription. There’s also the matter of data usage. Like any streaming service, CBS All Access will use your monthly data allowance whether you’re at home or on the go. Your Internet service provider will likely sting you with excess charges if your streaming habits get a little out of control.
Here are a couple of tips to help you avoid paying any unexpected charges.
1. Set a reminder to cancel your subscription
When you sign up for a free trial with CBS All Access, you’re required to enter your personal details as well as your payment details. CBS All Access won’t allow you to trial its service without a linked bank account. This is standard practice, but it does mean you will be automatically charged when your subscription renews. We recommend setting a calendar reminder a few days before the end of the calendar month so you can decide whether you want to pay for CBS All Access or cancel your subscription.
2. Check your data allowance
CBS All Access doesn’t offer hard and fast specifications on the service’s streaming quality and data usage. It seems to utilise an adaptive video quality technology that will stream in standard definition (SD) or high definition (HD) depending on the quality of your Internet connection.
We know that most SD streams can use anywhere between 300MB and 1GB per hour, so err on the side of caution when streaming.
We’d recommend connecting to a Wi-Fi network where possible and reviewing your mobile data allowance if you do choose to stream on a mobile plan.
How do I get a free trial of CBS All Access?
If you’re keen to see how much NCIS and CSI you can cram into one month, follow these simple steps to take advantage of the CBS All Access free trial.
Click the big orange “JOIN NOW & GET 1 MONTH FREE” button.
Enter your personal details that will be used to log in to your CBS All Access account (name, email address and password).
Agree to the terms and conditions.
Click the blue “SIGN UP” button.
Enter a promo code in the order summary window if you have one.
Enter your address and payment details.
Click “Review Order”.
Complete the transaction and begin streaming.
How much will I pay once the free trial ends?
If you decide to stick around, CBS All Access is priced at $5.99 per month. Subscribers can watch three simultaneous streams across a variety of devices, including PCs, Macs, Android, iOS, Apple TV and Chromecast.
What does a CBS All Access subscription get me?
CBS All Access offers thousands of TV episodes commercial-free. You can binge watch entire seasons of popular 90s dramas like Melrose Place or Beverly Hills 902010 as well as an impressive collection of crime procedurals, with titles like Blue Bloods, Numb3rs, Medium, CSI and more. Meanwhile, reality fans can tune in for shows like The Bachelor.
The only downside concerning CBS All Access content is that the classics are the majority here with fresh originals taking a backseat. Subscribers can already watch Happy Together and The Neighborhood, two sitcoms that premiered during the fall TV season. Plus, you get to stream CBS All Access exclusive series, which are a whole lot of fun. The list includes The Good Fight, Strange Angel, One Dollar and Tell Me a Story. As an added bonus, CBS All Access also comes with a live stream of CBSN, a US news channel.
Brodie Fogg was the publisher for Finder's streaming and entertainment comparisons. Brodie has a background in education and is passionate about breaking down complicated topics and tech garble to make it more palatable for a wider audience.
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