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CBS All Access has been around for almost six years. You may know it as the home of shows like Star Trek: Picard and The Good Fight. But starting next year, you’ll know it by a different name entirely. CBS All Access recently announced plans to rebrand as Paramount Plus in early 2021.
While rebranding is a more drastic step, streaming services have other, more conventional methods for appealing to viewers. A free trial is one of the oldest methods in the book. Keep reading and we’ll tell you if there’s a free trial option for the streaming service currently known as CBS All Access.
Yes, CBS All Access offers a free trial. It’s a commitment-free way to test out the service and decide if you’re comfortable paying for it. It only lasts a short time, but it will give you a chance to test out a wide range of services and features.
The CBS All Access free trial lasts for seven days, which is the same as most other streaming services with free trials.
We think a week sounds about right — that’s probably all the time you’ll need in order to figure out if this service is for you.
Yes, you’ll get billed automatically if you don’t cancel before the end of the free trial. Like the vast majority of streaming services these days, CBS All Access expects you to opt-out if you’re not enjoying the service. You’ll give them your payment information when you sign up for your trial, and they’ll charge you after the first week if you don’t cancel. They’ll keep charging you until you tell them to stop. If you don’t have a credit card, CBS All Access will also accept PayPal.
The good news that CBS All Access tells you the exact date that your card or PayPal account will get charged. If you don’t want the service after your free trial, simply cancel before your seven days of gloriously free content are done.
How much CBS All Access costs after your trial expires depends on which plan you pick when you sign up for the free trial.
Right now, CBS All Access has two plans. For $5.99 a month, you can pick the “Limited Commercials” option. CBS All Access doesn’t specifically define what it means by “limited” commercials, but if cheaper is better for you, this is the plan to pick.
If you’ve got a little more dough, you can go with the “Commercial Free” plan for $9.99 a month. But before you do, you should know that the commercial-free plan also includes (this is awkward) some commercials. You can’t opt-out of seeing ads if you’re streaming your local CBS station live, for one. And as CBS All Access puts it, “due to streaming rights, a few shows play with promotional interruptions.” That’s a fancy way of saying you’re probably getting commercials no matter which plan you pick. Still, going “commercial-free” will at least get rid of ads in most on-demand content on CBS All Access.
You can pay up-front for a full year of either plan and save 15 percent. That gets you the “Limited Commercial” plan for $59.99 and the “Commercial Free” plan for $99.99.
If you’re a student, you can get the “Limited Commercials” plan at a discount. The regular CBS network tends to bring in older viewers, so CBS All Access is likely attempting to reach a younger audience with this offer. If you’re going to sign up for the student discount, be ready to go through a verification process first.
Nope! There are no contracts anywhere to be found on CBS All Access. You can cancel anytime, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get a refund. Instead, you’ll have access to CBS All Access through the end of your current billing cycle. If you’re on a monthly billing cycle, that means you’ll have it until the end of that month. If you’re on the annual plan, you’ll have it until the end of your 12-month term.
Cancelling CBS All Access is already pretty easy, and we’ve made it even easier with our guide on how to cancel CBS All Access.
Still not ready to sign up for a CBS All Access free trial? We’ve got more information to help you make a decision. In our most recent CBS All Access review, we called it a niche product that works best for hardcore fans of CBS.