The CBS All Access streaming service launched Monday in Canada, which marks the first territory in CBS’ push to expand the platform beyond the U.S.
“The launch of CBS All Access in Canada is a significant milestone for the service,” said Marc DeBevoise, president and COO of CBS Interactive. “We’ve experienced incredible growth domestically and see a great opportunity to bring the service and CBS’ renowned programming directly to international audiences across a range of platforms and devices.”
CBS All Access bowed in the U.S. in October 2014. The service defied skeptics to amass more than 1 million subscribers. CBS does not break out specific subscriber numbers for All Access but said recently that CBS All Access and the standalone Showtime streaming service reached more than 5 million subs in the first quarter of this year.
The Canadian service will not have the live streaming option for the CBS network. It will focus largely on offering the library of CBS programming for $5.99 a month. But it will not include CBS All Access originals “Star Trek: Discovery” and the current season of “The Good Fight.” The rights to those shows are already held by Canadian outlets: Bell for “Discovery” and W Network for “Good Fight.” However, the first season of “Good Fight” will be available as part of the library package.
CBS chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves has indicated that CBS hopes to push into Europe and Australia with direct-to-consumer streaming products. CBS last year acquired Australia’s Ten Network out of bankruptcy and intends to build on its existing streaming infrastructure.