December 7, 2020
Comcast Cable Dec. 7 announced that the ViacomCBS subscription streaming video service CBS All Access will be available on the Xfinity X1 platform this week, following the launch of the app on Xfinity Flex earlier this year. Xfinity is the first pay-TV provider to offer CBS’s branded streaming service, which is changing to Paramount+ in 2021. The platform joins Netflix and YouTube as major third-party SVOD services available directly to Xfinity subs.
The partnership is notable considering NBCUniversal operates SVOD competitor Peacock, which launched nationwide this summer.
X1 subs will be able to All Access’ offering of more than 20,000 episodes and movies from BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures, in addition to original series like “Star Trek: Discovery,” with new episodes dropping weekly on Thursdays; the upcoming limited event series “The Stand,” premiering Dec. 17 and based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel; as well as the recently debuted docuseries “Texas 6,” and many more.
All Access also offers live streaming access to major sports, including some of the world’s biggest soccer leagues, along with CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage. For Flex customers, All Access enables them to stream local CBS-affiliate stations live, including CBS Sports broadcasts.
To launch the app and access the streaming service over the Internet, X1 customers can say “CBS All Access” into the Xfinity Voice Remote. They can also say the title of an All Access Originals or browse All Access programming within collections curated by Xfinity’s team of TV editors, such as “Explore CBS All Access” and “December Premieres.” X1 subs can also find All Access children’s programming, which includes more than 1,000 episodes, including new seasons of “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs,” “Danger Mouse,” and related series from Nickelodeon. X1 and Flex customers will continue to All Access availability when the service is rebranded as Paramount+ early next year.