CBS All Access Going International In 2018

CBS is finally breaking down the geographic boundaries on their All Access service with plans to take the online subscription service international by 2018 following big gains for the home of Big Brother’s Live Feed.

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CBS president Les Moonves revealed on Monday that All Access and CBS’s Showtime streaming services were on track to reach more than 4 million subscribers by the end of the year. With that sort of growth why limit yourself to domestic only sign-ups?

Variety reports that CBS is ready to add on to their subscriber base by taking the platform outside the U.S. by next year:

Moonves said CBS All Access would be available in Canada by the first half of 2018 and would expand to more countries on multiple continents. “We will add content from across our corporate portfolio to make our service more and more attractive,” he said.

That’s right, CBS All Access in Canada! This is obviously great news for our friends to the north who lost an unrestricted path to signing up for the Big Brother Live Feeds after the summer obsession was sent to All Access. Too bad it missed the cut off for this season, but it’s looking good for the 2018 season.

Overall things are very good for CBS and their online service, which is what we want to hear for improving our chances of a long life ahead for Big Brother. We’ve already got Big Brother 20 locked in, but the better the overall picture looks for the series the happier I’ll be.

Unfortunately despite the big gains for All Access we’re still not seeing a confirmed return of Big Brother Over The Top as CBS revealed last week that we would not have BBOTT2 this fall, but it could still return at a later day. Hopefully at a time with a little more buffer space between the installments, as suggested by EP Allison Grodner.

As long as Big Brother ratings continue to dominate the summer, All Access continues its growth, and a certain host has the ear of a certain network president I’d say we’re on the road a long relationship with Big Brother.


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  1. Wow, this is great news for Canadian. OTOH I’m not sure Global will be happy with that.

    I love my All Access and it goes beyond Big Brother. I’m very excited and looking forward to the new Star Trek serie that will be playing exclusively on All Access. I’m also able to watch rerun of my favorite comedy show of all time, Taxi. I wish more network would do this.

    • That’s what I’d like to know as well.I’d gladly pay for a legal way to watch BBCan. My VPN worked pretty well for feeds and next day airings of the show, but I’d still prefer getting it without having to lie about it.

    • Would be better if CBS sign a contract with Global to put the live show on All Access.

    • Not necessarily. The owner of the Big Brother format, Endemol Shine, is the one responsible for distributing their shows worldwide.

      Simply put, CBS doesn’t own BBCAN so it won’t likely be available on All Access.

      • When it comes to foreign program acquisitions, there are a lot of factors to consider, with most of them revolving around money.

        In the case of BBUS, Canadian TV simulcasting US content has what enabled the show to be aired up north for more than 15 years.

        The same cannot be said for BBCAN, even despite its US fanbase, will have to go through tooth and nail for a local US network to carry it and simulcast it live.

        To give an example, the Philippine edition of the BB format previously aired in Canada through a niche channel serving the local Filipino-Canadian community years ago. Through this show was how we knew Riza Santos, the future Miss World Canada 2013. However, once the local BB format in Canada expanded to become the BBCAN we now know and love today, Endemol told the local niche channel to discontinue airing future seasons of the Philippine version.

        Stateside, the show didn’t air at all and no other BB version has ever aired in the United States apart from its own (and Telemundo’s).

      • None of what you said prevent CBS from signing a contract with Global to broadcast BB Canada on CBS All Access.

      • It’s not Global’s call to have BBCAN distributed overseas, unfortunately. That would be Endemol Shine’s job.

        About ten years ago, Endemol sold BB9 to another country abroad where it aired on a delayed basis after the US broadcast. CBS didn’t sign any contract with the UK broadcaster because it doesn’t have a stake in the show other than what it earns through domestic ratings.

        The broadcaster in question wanted to buy the show for local airing and made the deal with the show’s owner, Endemol.

  2. Is channel 5 in the U.K. A cbs affiliate because their big brother has much better drama, ours has better competitions. I would love to see big brother Canada!

  3. Yay! Happy dance 💃🏼
    I was pretty disappointed I wasn’t able to watch last year because I am Canadian

  4. Does this mean Americans will be able to watch BB Canada? Hope so, you guys have been missing out for sure.

  5. Since Global Has the Canadian rights to Big Brother i doubt the live feeds will be made available for canadians just like bell media has the rights to star trek discovery which is again not available

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