CBS releases iOS app that streams full episodes

March 14, 2013

CBS has finally crossed the finish line. The network that puts out The Big Bang Theory and The Price is Right has released an iOS app that allows viewers to watch primetime, morning and late night programming on-demand.

As a TV technology reporter, it’s always exciting when I have TV news cross over with Apple news over here at Blorge. Here’s an excerpt from TVNewsCheck:

Full episodes of daytime and late night programming are available within 24 hours after initial airing, while most primetime programs become available on the eighth day after broadcast.

“We have been methodically and strategically finding new ways to satiate the appetite for our content on new platforms, while tapping into the tremendous revenue provided by doing so,” said Leslie Moonves, president-CEO, CBS Corp., in a statement. “Our announcement today achieves both of these objectives, while protecting our very healthy current ecosystem.  In addition, by making our shows available on all the leading mobile devices out there, we are confident we will bring a whole new set of viewers to the CBS Television Network and build upon our standing as the No. 1 network in the business.”

CBS is the last of the major networks to release an app that allows viewers to watch content on-demand. ABC, NBC, Fox and PBS have been in business with an app from as early as 2010 and as late as 2012.

While content is described as on-demand, don’t expect to pull up the Big Bang Theory the same night it broadcasts onto your local CBS affiliate. For primetime shows, you’ll have to wait about a week. Shows like The Price is Right and Survivor should be available the following day.

Not bad if you’re looking to catch up on some of those fun shows.

An Android and Windows 8 app is in the works right now. The iOS app — for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch — is available today for free. You’ll pay for it by looking at Buick ads.

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