CBS All Access subscribers can now continue to look for the plane to take off: The publisher's video subscription service added support for offline viewing this week (hats tips for Techcrunch). The new feature, called "Download and Play", allows qualified subscribers to download up to 25 movies or TV shows, and play them on the go without internet access.
However, the feature comes with a warning: Download and Games are only available to subscribers who pay for CBS All Access Ad-Free Tier, which costs $ 9.99 per month. Anyone subscribing to the $ 5.99 service per month "Limited Advertising" plan will still have to continue watching their shows that extend over the internet.
Download and play are limited to a subset of the CBS All Access directory, including originals such as "Star Trek: Discovery" and "The Good Fight" as well as CBS reality shows such as "Big Brother" and "Survivor." "
Included are also some of the broadcaster's biggest scripting programs, including" Blue Bloods "," Bull "Hawaii Five-0," MacGyver "and" NCIS: New Orleans. " Finally, CBS also makes classical performances like "Cheers", "The Brady Bunch" and the classic Star Trek series available for download.
Subscribers will be able to download episodes for their iOS and Android devices, provided they have version 6.0 of the CBS All Access app installed. The videos expire 30 days after they are downloaded, or 48 hours after a subscriber begins to see them. And finally, subscribers can download videos for up to 5 devices at a time.
CBS All Access is not the first video subscription service to introduce offline viewing. Netflix launched a similar feature for its subscribers two years ago, and Amazon and YouTube also provide the functionality of its paying users.