CBS and Network 10 officially launch 10 All Access
The service is chockers with guilty pleasures like NCIS, The Bachelorette and more.
Ever since CBS shovelled the charred remains of the Ten Network onto its wagon back in August 2017, the question was never "will CBS All Access launch Down Under?" but rather "when?" Just over a year after that first announcement, CBS and Network 10's brand hybrid 10 All Access has officially launched in Australia.
CBS has been doing a bang-up job adapting to the new world order of on-demand streaming in the United States. With quality originals and exclusives like Star Trek: Discovery, they were able to attract over 2.5 million subscribers. So it's no wonder CBS has its sight set on the global market by following in the footsteps of Netflix and Prime Video before it and beating Disney's upcoming streaming platform to the punch.
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How much does 10 All Access Cost?
Unlike Netflix, 10 All Access has a one-size-fits-all plan that will cost you $9.99 per month. That gets you unlimited access to the TV shows on offer and the ability to stream on three devices at one time. That's the same price as Netflix's entry-level Basic plan which only offers one simultaneous stream. Library size aside, that's not a bad deal. Just like Netflix, 10 All Access also offers a free 30-day trial so you can take it for a whirl without paying a cent.
What content is available on 10 All Access?
While the price may be right, 10 All Access is more targeted to the serial crime/reality television audiences and doesn't offer movies. There's a healthy line-up of TV shows available with the usual suspects from Channel 10's weeknight routine, NCIS, The Good Wife, The Bachelor and Survivor, just to name a few. The difference, of course, is that they are all available to stream on-demand in their entirety.
There are also a few intriguing Originals on offer, like The Good Fight, Strange Angel and Tell Me a Story. However, the most notable title to go MIA is Star Trek: Discovery, a massive drawcard for subscribers in the US. That's because Netflix Australia locked down the rights to the new series around the same time CBS All Access started planning its voyage to Australia.
Whether Star Trek: Discovery will remain on Netflix or get beamed up by 10 All Access the moment season 2 rolls credits is yet to be seen.
Regardless, this is launch day for the service and it's a much stronger local release than we saw from the likes of Prime Video even if the library is a little bare. Plus, they replaced young Sheldon from the homepage banner (Channel 9 has the rights) and replaced him with Osher. The folks at CBS clearly know their audience.