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CBS All Access Canada: Cost, features and how to sign up

CBS All Access lets you binge popular shows like NCIS, Survivor and Elementary.

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Discontinued product

On 4 March 2021, CBS All Access will be rebranding to Paramount+. Paramount+ will begin rolling out globally from March 2021. The name change will better reflect the Viacom-CBS merger. You can see more detail on Paramount+ here.

CBS All Access enables subscribers to watch their favourite CBS series on demand, in an advertising-free environment. Content is a balanced mix of current CBS hits and classic shows, as well as a few series exclusively available on the online platform. Moreover, you can also get access to a live stream of 24/7 news on CBSN.

What is CBS All Access?

Traditional networks were affected by the emergence of streaming services like Netflix, which allow subscribers to watch content whenever they want without being subjected to advertising. As a result, they needed to find a way to remain relevant as consumers’ entertainment habits evolve. That’s basically the reasoning behind CBS All Access, a digital subscription video-on-demand service offering popular CBS shows via the Internet.

The service launched in the US in late 2014 as a platform meant to allow subscribers to view past and present episodes of CBS shows online. It was a great alternative for cord cutters eager to stay current with the latest series released by the network, for instance. CBS All Access was the first over-the-top subscription streaming service available in the US and made it a point to offer something extra as well – original series developed specifically for the online platform.

CBS All Access became available in Canada in April 2018, launching with more than 7,500 commercial-free episodes and marking the streaming service’s first expansion into the international market. It’s not stopping here, with plans to expand even further in the near future. Next destination: Australia.

How much does CBS All Access cost?

Canadians can get CBS All Access for $5.99/month. This gives you access to the entire content library, so you can binge as much as you want. There’s a “one-month available for new customers. It should help you figure out whether or not the service is worth your cash. There’s no contract, so you can cancel your subscription anytime.

How much content does CBS All Access offer?

CBS All Access offers a pretty generous content library, but subscribers may notice that some CBS hits like The Big Bang Theory are suspiciously missing. That’s because CBS has licensed some of its offering to Canadian networks and those deals will remain in place until they expire. Similarly, Star Trek Discovery isn’t available on CBS All Access either.

However, you can watch a ton of other shows, including NCIS, SEAL Team, Bull, MacGyver, Elementary and Survivor. Moreover, subscribers can also stream current episodes of select daytime and late-night shows, including The Talk and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Classic series are also covered, so if you have an urge to re-watch Charmed or The Good Wife, now’s your chance. Plus, you can also catch up with original series like The Good Fight and No Activity.

Besides TV shows, CBS All Access allows you to live stream CBSN, CBS News’s 24/7 streaming news service. Since the service offers a free trial, we recommend you sign up and check out the library for yourself to decide if it’s a service you might fancy in the long run. Check out our list of best CBS All Access TV shows for some inspiration.

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How much data will CBS All Access use?

As with any streaming service, watching too much CBS All Access can take a toll on your data usage. CBS only offers official data usage information for streaming on mobile data. If that’s the case, expect to burn anywhere from 74MB per hour for the lowest connection speed to 800 MB per hour for the highest quality video stream.

Those numbers will be higher on Wi-Fi, where you can watch titles at better quality as long as your Internet speed is up to par. The recommended Internet speed to enjoy a smooth experience is 1.5Mbps. If you need a faster plan or some more data, check out our Internet hub page.

What devices are compatible with CBS All Access?

Once you have a CBS All Access account you can stream content on your computer, download the app on your preferred device and even get it onto the big screen without a Smart TV. The platform is compatible with:

Otherwise if you need more help we have a how to set-up CBS All Access guide.

How do I sign up for CBS All Access?

You can sign up for CBS All Access on your computer, smartphone or smart TV. The exact process varies depending on which device you’re using, but generally the process is as follows:

  1. Launch the CBS All Access app on your device.
  2. Select Get Started or Sign up for CBS All Access.
  3. Choose a subscription plan.
  4. Enter your personal information (including your name and email) and a password of your choice to create an account. Your email address and password will be your login credentials, so keep this information handy.
  5. Enter your payment information.
  6. Select Submit or Start CBS All Access. If you’ve signed up for a free trial, you won’t be charged until the trial period is over.
  7. Start streaming!

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