HBO recently announced that their HBO GO service would be a stand alone service no longer requiring a cable subscription, and now CBS has announced the same deal for their television service. For $5.99 you can watch all your favorite CBS shows without the need for cable, albeit with a bit of bad news for sports fans. Looks like NFL games will not be part of this service but CBS says they are working with the NFL to bring live streaming to the service when possible.
For now CBS will launch the service in 14 markets to start with including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dalla,s and San Francisco. CBS also owns Showtime, and there is talk that the pay-tv service will soon offer the same deal as HBO and CBS. Both Netflix and Hulu have been popular cord cutting solutions, getting network TV and pay-TV operators to follow that model is a huge step towards the death of the traditional cable giant programming model.
You can bet that FOX, ABC, NBC, PBS, and others are closely watching what HBO and CBS/Showtime are doing here and they will follow suit at the first indication of success. The trend towards cable cord cutting has gained momentum as more people are seeking to dump their cable and satellite providers in favor of streaming media from the Internet – primarily because of cost, but also because of the freedom to watch what they want, when they want. What do you think of the CBS announcement? Let us know in the comments or on social media.Source: iMore
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