The future of cable cutting, getting rid of expensive cable or satellite television service in favor or more economical web subscriptions, is murky. Currently users need to choose between competing libraries on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other big-name streamers, or negate some of the savings of cable cutting by subscribing to multiple services. Some newer offerings like SlingTV and PlayStation Vue are bridging the gap, and it looks like Google wants to join them, according to the latest report from the Wall Street Journal. Read More
Chromecast users are getting a late Christmas present from Google this year in the form of free streaming video. Starting on December 26th, you'll be able to sign up for CBS All Access and get two free months. The offer ends February 6th, 2016. The catch? There are several, actually. Read More
It seems awfully strange that services like Hulu and the various TV apps require you to pay or log in to access content, especially when that content originally aired for free on terrestrial television. They broadcast the shows with ads in the first place, and they're making money on the ads embedded in the streaming video too, so why put up any barrier to entry and lower your potential revenue? CBS, the self-styled "Most-Watched Network in America," takes this one step further with a full, Netflix-style paid service just for its shows. It's called CBS All Access, and it costs $5.99 a month. Read More
After a nearly decade-long run, The Colbert Report is over. I know, Colbert Nation, this news is still sad half a year after the final episode. Stephen Colbert has decided to move on and will take over for David Letterman as the new host for CBS's The Late Show. And no, he won't be the satirical conservative that Americans all across the ideological spectrum found reason to love—though he will still be pretty goofy.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert won't debut until September 8th, so we still have three months of waiting left to do. In the meantime, CBS has pushed a mobile app into the Play Store to hold us over. Read More
CBS is home to the likes of The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, 2 Broke Girls, and three flavors each of CSI and NCIS. That you're reading Android Police means you're probably still too young to be a big CBS fan, but if you have a taste for the network's shows, you will be pleased to know that you can now stream them to your Chromecast.
The CBS Android app provides newer episodes of certain shows for free, but older content and some titles are tucked away behind an All Access subscription that costs $5.99 a month. Fortunately, you can cast video regardless of whether you choose to pay. Read More
CBS's sports offering has gotten a tweaked look along with some meaningful functionality enhancements in its latest update, making it among the best options for an all-purpose sports app. Most notably, you'll see that it has a new Material Design-esque interface. Dive in further and you'll find new and improved basketball play-by-play, customizable alerts, and more. Read More
Sports apps typically aren't the most attractive pieces of software tucked away on Google Play, because let's be honest, why bother? Your average user will just be happy to pull up scores and stats in the palm of their hand, and whether the app adheres to Android's design guidelines occupies about as much thought as that thing they're supposed to be doing instead of watching the game. But if you're as likely to cry foul on a hideous app as you are a bad play, then the latest CBS Sports update may just make you smile.
If an attractive sports app sounds surprising, it gets better. Read More
Of all the major broadcast networks, CBS has been the slowest to adopt streaming models. With most of its rivals moving more into online content, CBS is finally responding, which is good for us. The new streaming video app for Android includes schedules, clips, and full episodes – all available for free in HD.
The app contains a wide array of programs, many of which have multiple full episodes to stream. Video quality looks very good, and plays in both portrait and landscape. You will encounter a handful of ads, though. You can peruse the full episode list or use the schedule to see what's on when. Read More
Just two more months, football fans, and your long wait will be over. Many NFL fans use the summer months to prepare their fantasy football teams and leagues, in the gentleman jock's alternative to Dungeons and Dragons. CBS has its own fantasy service (just like ESPN, Yahoo, the NFL itself, and starting in 2014, the official Android Police Fantasy Football Service) that was marked by an impressively awful Android app, lazily ported from the iOS version. CBS has scrapped the older app, listing and all, and thrown up a new version. It's a free download for Android 2.2 and up, though the fantasy service itself is paid. Read More
Google TV hasn't been in the wild for long, but major content providers like ABC, CBS, and NBC are already blocking their content from Google's awesome little TV companion. This, as you might have guessed, sucks.
With the advent of TV on the Internet, broadcasters have shown us time and time again that they just aren't ready to embrace the fact that we can get their content from sources other than our TVs. Luckily, says Reuters, Google is reported to be in active negotiations with the networks to get this content back on. As I'm sure you've guessed already, that essentially means that Google is figuring out how much money the networks are going to demand. Read More