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CBS launches OTT video service

Media | 10/16/2014 5:17 pm EDT

CBS Corp. is the latest U.S. media company to say it will start providing consumers with an online option for accessing video content without the need to subscribe to a television service. The company said in a press release Thursday that CBS All Access is available immediately to U.S. residents for $5.99 US a month. The service is accessible through CBS.com and the CBS app for devices running on Apple Inc.'s iOS or Google Inc.'s Android. Other connected devices will be announced in the coming months, CBS said. CBS All Access features full current seasons of 15 prime-time shows with new episodes available the day after they air, CBS said. The company added that past seasons of eight current series are available, including Survivor, The Good Wife and Blue Bloods. There are also 5,000 episodes of past television shows, such as Star...

HBO offering standalone OTT service in 2015

Media | 10/15/2014 3:18 pm EDT

Home Box Office (HBO) Inc. will offer an over-the-top service that does not require a paid TV subscription in 2015, CEO Richard Plepler reportedly said on Wednesday. Multiple media outlets reported that Plepler, speaking at an investors conference for HBO’s parent company, Time Warner Inc., said the “standalone” service would launch in the United States next year and it will work with “current partners.” No more details about the streaming service have been released. HBO produces popular shows such as Game of Thrones, True Detective and Girls. HBO Canada is...