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Review: CBS All Access in 2020

It has been a big year for CBS, as the company merged with Viacom late last year to become ViacomCBS.

Due to this merger, it has brought a plethora of new content on CBS All Access, including TV shows from Viacom channels such as Nickelodeon, Smithsonian Channel, BET, MTV, Comedy Central and others.

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CBS All Access currently costs $5.99 a month for its ad-supported tier and its ad-free version costs $9.99 a month. There is a new bundled subscription Apple and ViacomCBS have a partnership that includes Apple TV+, CBS All Access and Showtime for the same price of the ad-free CBS All Access tier, which is $9.99 per month.

It has original content like “Star Trek: Discovery,” “The Good Fight,” “No Activity,” “Picard,” “Tooning Out the News” and plenty of others.

What I have liked so far about the service when using it this year is that it has added a lot of Nickelodeon TV shows, which was a channel that I watched a lot growing up.

The series I have watched the most on it is “Spongebob Squarepants,” as it is a true American TV show. You simply cannot hate the series and that CBS All Access has all 12 seasons of the show on it. Talk about the perfect binge-watching session!

It has other classic Nickelodeon shows such as “The Fairly Odd Parents,” “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “Danny Phantom.”

On top of Nickeldeon shows, there are other shows available on-demand on the streaming service such as “RENO 911,” “Tosh.O,” Ridiculousness” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” There is something for everyone one here.

Where the streaming service falls flat is with its movie selection. While it has had good ones such as “The Social Network” in the past, it currently does not have anything too astounding. Right now the best movie on the service is probably “When Harry Met Sally,” but other than that, Netflix, Hulu and Prime Video will be a better route for your movie night.

In addition to on-demand programming, it enables users to watch live channels such as their local CBS affiliate, CBS Sports HQ, CBSN and ET Live.

Having access to your local CBS station also makes it so that users this time of the year can watch live college football and NFL games. The only downside is that the streams are about 30-45 second behind the regular broadcast of the game, so keep that in mind if you ever use this service.

Overall, with how much the streaming service has improved over the last year, it gets 3.5/4 stars from me. It loses half a star because of its lack of good movies to choose from, although it would not surprise me if the service added more movies to it when it is rebranded as Paramount+ in 2021.

The service is available to stream on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apple TV and Mac.

Rating: 3.5/4 stars

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