CBS to expand OTT service outside US

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CBS announced that it is expanding the availability of its subscription video on-demand and live streaming service CBS All Access internationally. It will launch initially in Canada in the first half of 2018, with other markets to follow. The company didn’t reveal an timeline for its expansion plans.

The platform launched in the US in October 2014 and has grown its subscribers rapidly since that time, the company said in a press release. In that country, it offer the ability to watch more than 9,000 episodes on demand – spanning current shows from primetime, daytime and late night, as well as past seasons of select series and classic TV hits. In addition, Subscribers also have access to CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service.

The company said that by 2017 it would will exceed more than four million subscribers combined for CBS All Access and Showtime’s direct-to-consumer products.

“CBS All Access is growing faster than we anticipated domestically, and now represents a whole new opportunity internationally as well,” said Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation. “By going direct-to-consumer around the world, we will facilitate new connections between the global audience and our industry-leading premium content”.

During the presentation of its financial results, the company also announced that it plans to launch a live sports streaming service, using the model of CBSN. However, no further data were disclosed.

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