CBS this week released its first full-episode TV streaming app for iOS, with plans to announce similar apps for all major mobile and tablet platforms later this year, including Android and Windows 8.
This move by CBS will come as particularly good news to iPad users, because many web sites that show TV channels don’t work with the iPad. Some of these sites use Adobe Flash, and others — such as with Hulu — block all mobile users.
As a result, iPad users turn to apps from TV networks. NBC, ABC, PBS, and Disney put out apps like this long ago, but there are still some holdouts, such as Fox.
CBS already offers a “TV enhancement app” for iOS called CBS Connect, but CBS Connect does not support full-episode viewing.
The new app, known simply as “CBS,” will offer programming that includes primetime shows NCIS, The Good Wife, How I Met Your Mother, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Primetime shows will be accessible eight days after the initial broadcast.?Daytime programs like The Young and The Restless, and late-night shows such as The Late Show With David Letterman will also be offered via the app. These programs will be accessible within 24 hours of the original airing.
Interactive Features Coming This Fall
Starting this fall, the new CBS app will also integrate many interactive features from the existing CBS Connect, such as social feeds like Facebook and Twitter; live events that let users chat with talent from TV shows; and “second-screen experiences,” synched to broadcasts, which give additional program-related content to users.
The new CBS app is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad running iOS 5.0 or later. It’s a free download in Apple’s App Store.
The CBS Connect app is still available as a free download in the App Store, too, but CBS Connect runs on the iPad only.