July 30, 2020
ViacomCBS July 30 announced an expansion of CBS All Access, the subscription video-on-demand and live-streaming service, as the media giant plans to showcase its brands along with AVOD platform Pluto TV.
CBS All Access is adding more than 3,500 episodes, including series from BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Smithsonian Channel and more, further diversifying the range of content on the platform and expanding its appeal to a broader range of audiences.
All Access also announced plans for “Kamp Koral,” a new original children’s series premiering in 2021, and the first spinoff from one of ViacomCBS’s biggest global franchises, Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants.” As previously announced, All Access will also be the exclusive streaming home to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run in early 2021.
The service also began rolling out a new user interface across all major device platforms with enhanced personalization and discovery features, including advanced recommendations, curated homepages, new content categories and central hubs for ViacomCBS’s brands. ViacomCBS will debut the full and rebranded service in early 2021.
“As the first network to market with a branded direct-to-consumer service more than five years ago, we have the advantage and experience of building it from the ground up, establishing distribution points across all major platforms,” Marc DeBevoise, chief digital officer of ViacomCBS and CEO of ViacomCBS Digital.
In the months to come, All Access will expand its content offering to include more than 30,000 episodes and movies, as well as develop exclusive originals from Paramount Pictures and Paramount Television Studios. The additional programming will join a catalog that spans every demographic and content category, from animation to sci-fi, comedy, drama, procedurals, reality and children’s programming.
In addition, the new service will have live offerings, spanning national and local news, tentpole events and a critical mass of live sports — from golf to football to basketball, plus streaming rights for major sports properties, including pro soccer.
ViacomCBS content added to All Access includes:
- BET: All seasons of “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” “Hit the Floor,” plus all prior seasons of “Single Ladies” and more;
- Comedy Central: All seasons of “Chappelle’s Show,” “Strangers with Candy,” six prior seasons of “Reno 911!” and more;
- MTV: All seasons of “Laguna Beach” and “Snooki & Jwoww,” prior seasons of “Teen Mom 2,” seasons of “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” and “MTV Floribama Shore,” as well as a selection from “The Challenge,” “Beavis and Butt-Head: The Mike Judge Collection” among others;
- Nickelodeon: All seasons of “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” “Rugrats,” plus all prior seasons of “SpongeBob SquarePants” and more, in addition to seasons of “Danny Phantom,” “The Legend of Korra” and “Sam & Cat” that were previously available;
- Smithsonian Channel: More than 60 episodes of “Aerial America,” seasons of “Air Disasters,” documentaries such as “The Day We Walked on the Moon,” “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom,” “MLK: The Assassination Tapes,” “Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth” and more;
- TV Land and VH1: Programming like “Hot in Cleveland,” as well as prior seasons of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Love & Hip Hop,” among others;
- Paramount Pictures: More films have been added to the service since May, including The Firm, Charlotte’s Web and Scary Movie, with more than 150 movies in total.
New content, including original series, launching on All Access next week and through the end of the year include:
- “Star Trek: Lower Decks”: Premiering Thursday, Aug. 6;
- “Big Brother Live Feeds”: Offering an in-depth, exclusive pass to watch all the action inside the Big Brother house all the time;
- “Star Trek: Discovery” : Season three, premiering Oct. 15;
- “The Untitled Richard Linklater Project”: premiering this fall;
- “The Stand”: Limited event series, premiering late 2020.