* Streaming service now includes movies, in addition to CBS shows
* First slate of films includes Star Trek franchise
* CBS says it plans to add more movies over time, as service grows
CBS is hoping to expand the “access” part of its All Access streaming service, with the newly introduced addition of movies. CBS All Access had previously only streamed television shows, but as part of its efforts to compete with Hulu and Netflix, the on-demand service will now start offering select films.
The first offerings include a selection of Star Trek films, plus critically-acclaimed films like Up in the Air and Election. Most of the current titles are from Paramount Studios, though CBS says they will be adding more in the near future.
CBS All Access currently promotes a library of 8,500 on-demand episodes of current shows, prior seasons and classic shows from the network’s archive. It also produces original programming for the platform, like The Good Fight — a spinoff of the Emmy-winning, The Good Wife. CBS All Access will also be the exclusive home for the upcoming Star Trek reboot, arriving this fall.
In addition to TV shows and now movies, CBS has its Live All Access service, which lets viewers tune into live television on the network — ideal for sporting events and award shows. While both Hulu and Netflix offer television shows and movies, the live viewing aspect is still something they don’t have on their platforms.