Last year, CBS released their own video streaming service dubbed CBS All Access. It costs $6 a month and has expanded to roughly 60% of the country.
One reason for the new service was the continued fear of Netflix, which is and has been seen as a significant disruption to the typical video industry titans. Even in the face of absurd licensing restrictions (to protect the movie theater industry), Netflix has found a way to attract a surprising number of paying customers.
Unfortunately, due to their success, Netflix is also seeing new competition from the TV networks themselves. Hence, CBS All Access.
Rather than expanding their reach of customers across multiple video services, the TV networks streaming services have taken the stance of hoarding their own product in the hopes of getting customers onto their own service. Granted, they won’t say that outright.
But CBS has been pulling off content from Netflix for years. Now, that is continuing as CBS is pulling hundreds of additional titles from Netflix.
Selections as varied as 1935’s silent film Happiness to various Ken Burns documentaries (Baseball) to 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon have been purged.Will McKinley has done a good job of cataloging some of the bigger losses, which include The Apartment, The Graduate, Taxi Driver and Patton. .. Classic CBS-owned TV shows are also disappearing from the service.Not only is the original Mission: Impossible TV show and Knight Rider now gone from the service, both versions of Melrose Place have disappeared.
CBS won’t release the number of subscribers to their video service but estimates are that it is doing reasonably well.