Becoming a cord cutter is all about replacing the TV content you love with cheaper, leaner, and more convenient alternatives. How you go about doing that will depend on what shows and channels you love the most, and fans of some shows and channels will find it harder than others to track down the content they crave. But fans of CBS are in luck. If you miss the access that cable gave you to CBS dramas, sitcoms, NFL broadcasts, and more, you'll be happy to learn that it's extremely easy to watch CBS without cable. CBS is available for free over the air in some areas, and it's available to stream on a few different platforms, including its very own streaming service: CBS All Access.

What is CBS All Access? It's a streaming service that gives you access to all things CBS, of course. That means on-demand streams of hit CBS shows, plus a live stream of your local CBS station (the live streaming features of CBS All Access are available only in select markets). Sound intriguing? Then read on and learn more from our complete guide to CBS All Access.

How to Watch CBS Without Cable

What shows and sports are on CBS All Access?

When we cover services like CBS All Access, we sometimes ask what channels are available and other times ask what shows and movies can be streamed on the service. In the case of CBS All Access, we could ask both, but the first one has a very short answer! What channels are on CBS All Access? Just CBS — but that means a lot of content.

What shows are on CBS All Access? - The Big Bang Theory and more
Love these characters? Then maybe CBS All Access is right for you.

CBS All Access features an on-demand streaming library. That means that you can start, stop, and replay shows as you wish — just like you would with Netflix and Hulu. You can stream a ton of good CBS content on CBS All Access, including:

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • CSI: Miami
  • Madam Secretary
  • NCIS
  • Star Trek: Discovery

On top of this, CBS All Access features live streaming in select markets. That means that, if you're in a participating area, you can watch your local CBS station live through CBS All Access in the same way that you could watch it live on cable or over the air. The content on your local CBS station will include things like:

  • Local news
  • National broadcast content (live sitcoms, dramas, national evening news, and more)
  • NCAA games
  • NFL games

Note that there are some blackouts to worry about even if you are in an area that gets live streaming via CBS All Access.

What devices can I use to watch CBS All Access?

One of the main reasons to subscribe to CBS All Access is that the service makes it easy for you to watch your favorite CBS shows on all sorts of different devices. Experienced cord cutters may know that CBS is available for free over the air in many regions, meaning that live content can be played on your TV with a simple over-the-air antenna. But turning live OTA content into on-demand content takes an extra device and extra steps, and streaming OTA content on other devices, such as mobile devices, requires similar hardware and tricks. So CBS All Access' appeal to all cord cutters — including those who may already get CBS for free over the air — is the fact that you can watch CBS live and on demand on lots of different devices. That begs the question: what devices can you stream CBS All Access on?

A good number, as it turns out. Below, we've listed the platforms and devices that you can use to watch live and on-demand CBS content with using CBS All Access.

Streaming platforms and devices

  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Fire TV
  • Roku

Video game consoles

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One

Mobile devices

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows Phone and Windows tablets

Other

  • Alexa
  • Google Home
  • In-browser app (Mac, Windows, and more)
  • Select Samsung and Vizio Smart TVs

How much does CBS All Access cost?

CBS All Access has a lot to offer cord-cutting CBS fans, but the service is not free.

CBS All Access costs $5.99 per month. That's a lot cheaper than cable, of course! It's also noticeably cheaper than big streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. CBS All Access costs about the same or less as most other niche streaming services, such as Crunchyroll ($6.95 per month).

You can also choose to opt for a premium $9.99 per month CBS All Access subscription. This more expensive version of CBS All Access eliminates ads from the on-demand content. Of course, if you get live streaming in your area, your live feed of CBS will still have its usual ads.

Of course, CBS All Access is more expensive than getting CBS for free over the air using an over-the-air antenna. But, as we mentioned earlier, getting CBS using an OTA setup will not give you all of the same content, perks, and features that CBS All Access offers. You'll need additional equipment, such an an OTA DVR, to replicate CBS All Access' on-demand content library and convenient multi-device streaming features.

You can sign up for CBS All Access here.

Deals on CBS All Access

CBS All Access is a pretty affordable service, but that doesn't mean that we're not always on the lookout for CBS All Access sales. When we find ways for you to save on CBS All Access, we'll keep track of them here. Check our social media pages and the Cordcutting.com home page, too! You'll always find the latest ways to save on streaming services like CBS All Access, as well as on streaming platforms and devices, antennas, and other cord-cutting essentials.

Of course, even when there is not a specific sale running on CBS All Access, you can always save some cash by getting a CBS All Access free trial.

Getting a CBS All Access free trial

Not sure if CBS All Access is right for you? Well, then, good news: you can find out without risking a dime. Like many competitor streaming services, CBS All Access offers a free trial that lets you check out its live and on-demand content risk-free.

CBS All Access' free trial offer lasts one week. You can sign up for a CBS All Access free trial here.

CBS All Access contracts

Contracts aren't exactly a favorite of cord cutters. Fortunately, CBS seems to have understood that. When you sign up for CBS All Access, you're only on the hook from month to month. Your service will auto-renew each month at the usual rate, and you'll be billed for the coming month.

There's no serious commitment involved here: if you ever decide that you need to cancel, you can just do so on CBS All Access' website. The next time that you'd normally be billed, you won't be, and your service will end. Note that you won't be refunded for payments that you already made — if you've already made this month's payment, then you'll just get to keep enjoying CBS All Access through the end of the month and will have your cancellation take effect at that point. If you cancel during your free trial period, of course, you won't be billed at all.

How to cancel CBS All Access

CBS All Access has a lot to offer CBS fans who have cut the cord, but it's not for everyone. If you've decided to part ways with the service, here's how to cancel CBS All Access.

It's nothing too complicated: just sign in, click on My Account, and navigate to Subscription and Billing > Cancel Subscription. For more detailed directions, check out our complete guide on the subject.

How to Cancel CBS All Access

All about CBS All Access

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