Paul Williams
Paul Williams

January 17, 2020

With Star Trek Picard coming soon, science fiction fans need to consider CBS All Access as a streaming option. While the new Patrick Stewart project intrigues, what other exclusive content does All Access provide for subscribers? Is live and on-demand CBS content enough to convince the cordcutter?


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In a competitive streaming market, Netflix, Apple TV+, and others all compete for subscription dollars. NBC’s own Peacock service also arrives shortly. So let’s take a closer look at All Access to see if it makes sense for your household. The answer likely depends on whether you are a Star Trek fan.

Is CBS All Access the Streaming Service for Science Fiction?

When All Access first launched, the exclusive Star Trek Discovery attracted sci-fi fans. Adding Star Trek Picard to the portfolio definitely makes CBS’s streaming service one for Trekkies. Other speculative content, like the remake of The Twilight Zone, also tempts science fiction aficionados.  

If the CBS programming line ranks among your favorites, an All Access subscription makes sense. The monthly fee is $5.99 with advertising. An ad free option costs $9.99 per month. Annual plans also save you a bit of money.

All regular CBS programming is available live and on-demand, including sports. So if you work third shift, CBS All Access lets you watch your favorites on your own terms. This is a great option for viewers who don’t want to deal with a DVR.

In the end, some just don’t want to subscribe to All Access for their exclusive Star Trek content. Consider waiting until the Star Trek Picard season ends and get a free trial subscription. Now, let your binge watching sessions commence!

What Devices Are Supported by All Access?

Like most of the other OTT streaming services, CBS All Access supports a wide array of devices. The iOS and Android mobile platforms, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast are all options. LG, Samsung, and Vizio smart TVs are also supported. All Access also supports the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Of course, streaming within your browser is also possible. Check out the CBS All Access FAQ for details on your specific device. The service supports simultaneous streaming to three devices at once.

How Much Internet Speed do I Need For CBS All Access?

At least 5 Mbps of Internet speed is required for streaming HD content from All Access. You need more if multiple devices are accessing your home network. As always, be sure to perform regular speed tests to ensure you get the bandwidth you deserve.

Ultimately, if Star Trek and CBS’s family of shows reside in your wheelhouse, a subscription to CBS All Access makes sense.

Paul Williams
Paul Williams

Paul Williams brings a wide range of experiences to his writing. He worked extensively in technology, as a software engineer, technical writer, and now a technology writer. Known as the leader of one of the top American Spacerock bands, his forward-looking music continues to be heard all over the world.