Here’s the CBS All Access FAQ when it comes to UEFA club soccer matches.
With CBS Sports being the new broadcaster of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League in the United States, we’ve been overwhelmed by all of your questions and requests for specifics about their new deal. What does it include? Will games be available on-demand? How soon after matches end? So on and so forth.
To get all of the answers to your questions, we’ve spent lots of time doing our own research as well as speaking with CBS Sports executives to get the specifics for you.
CBS All Access FAQ
Q: What is CBS All Access?
A: CBS All Access is the paid streaming service from CBS that includes original programming, movies, exclusive series, live streams of CBS channels and, most important of all, sports.
Beginning August 2020, CBS All Access is the new home of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Conference League for viewers in the United States.
In 2021, CBS will rename and rebrand the streaming service with a new name and look-and-feel.
Q: What does CBS All Access include and why do I need it?
A: CBS All Access will stream (both live and on-demand) every single UEFA Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Conference League game. No cable or satellite TV subscription is required. So if you’re a cord cutter or someone who wants to simply save money, CBS All Access is worth considering.
The vast majority of games will only be available in English via CBS All Access. CBS does plan to air a few games on CBS Sports Network, but without CBS All Access, you’ll be missing out on the Champions League and Europa League in English-language.
Q: How much is CBS All Access?
A: CBS All Access is $5.99 per month (or $9.99 per month without advertising).
Another option to consider is to sign up for the annual plan which is $59.99 per year or $99.99 per year (with no advertising). You save 15% by opting for the annual plan.
Q: How long will CBS All Access have the Champions League and Europa League?
A: From August 2020 through to June 2024.
Q: How reliable is CBS All Access?
A: In the tests that we’ve done, CBS All Access seems robust and we haven’t experienced any problems at all watching live or on-demand content.
CBS All Access launched in 2014, so it has a track record of many years of streaming to its subscribers.
Q: How many subscribers does CBS All Access have?
A: As of 2019, CBS had 4 million CBS All Access subscribers, according to reports.
Q: Will CBS Sports offer extended highlights of Champions League and Europa League games on YouTube? B/R Football used to have them on YouTube approximately 15 minutes after games ended.
A: CBS Sports will have highlights of games available on their YouTube channel. And they’ve pledged to get them uploaded as quickly as possible.
Q: After games end, how soon will the games be available on-demand via CBS All Access for those who miss the live broadcasts?
A: In speaking with a CBS Sports executive, he said that the broadcaster will try to get the games available on-demand as soon as they can after matches end. Since this week will be the first time they’re doing it, this will give us the first indications of roughly how long it’ll take to be uploaded. Certainly, all games will be available on-demand the same day at the very least.
Q: Where will viewers be able to watch the Champions League preview shows and review shows?
A: Everything will be available on CBS All Access, which will be the go-to destination for the UEFA Champions League.
Q: Will the Champions League and Europa League games on CBS All Access be broadcast in 720p, 1080i/p, and will it be 30FPS or 60FPS?
A: To begin with, broadcasts of Champions League and Europa League games will be 1080i/p and 30FPS via CBS All Access.
A CBS Sports executive told World Soccer Talk that it plans on increasing the frames per second to 60 in the future. 60FPS is the goal.
CBS is also working towards trying to have HDR broadcasts of Champions League games available as early as spring 2021.
Q: What talent will CBS All Access have doing the games?
A: Commentators hired by CBS will include Peter Drury and Clive Tyldesley. As far as the studio talent, they will include (exclusive to CBS Sports): Roberto Martinez, Jamie Carragher, Peter Schmeichel, Ruud Gullit, Peter Drury, Alex Scott, Micah Richards and presenter Kate Abdo.
Q: If I already have a subscription to a cable or satellite or different streaming provider, can I log into CBS All Access via authentication to watch UEFA Champions League coverage?
A: Good question. The games and programming that are on CBS All Access are exclusive to CBS All Access. But you can use authentication through select cable/satellite/streaming services to access games that are carried by CBS Sports Network. Note, however, that the plan is to feature very few games on television. For the month of August, only three of the games will be on CBS Sports Network.
Q: Any more questions about CBS All Access FAQ?
A: Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll do our best to answer all of them.
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