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#1 of 5 ONLINE   Nelson Au

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Posted May 13 2013 - 11:30 AM

I've got a bone to pick with CBS! They seem to be the only network that does not allow watching their TV shows after they air on a mobile device. (Fox too)I was very pleased that ABC and NBC had apps for iPads to view shows I missed. I haven't seen NBC's lately, but I did see Castle on the ABC app a few weeks ago and I noticed they are now timed to only be available for a fix time before being removed. When I found the CBS app and that CBS finally made an app for the iPad last week, I was so disappointed that its only showing clips and not whole episodes. I could be wrong, but I wanted to catch an episode of Big Bang Theory I missed but it wasn't there, just clips from the episode. They may have whole episodes for other shows, but I didn't check because I was so disappointed. Perhaps its a different story for Android devices, maybe they get more content. But I doubt it.And on the heels of this news, it looks like ABC will be the first network to start streaming TV shows live as they air at the same time to iPads with a new app. I read that its only avaiable in New York and Philadelphia this week. That's a cool new development and nice to see ABC staying ahead a little with embracing the whole Internet TV future.

#2 of 5 OFFLINE   Ken Chan

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Posted May 13 2013 - 01:13 PM

Right now, there are four episodes of Castle available -- three most recent and one more further back. I've been using the ABC app since the beginning, and there have been maybe five at most at any time.


On the front page of the CBS app is the list of Full Episodes -- I count sixteen different shows. Their current schedule has 21 non-news shows (60 Minutes and 48 Hours). In comparison, ABC does have all of its shows available.

#3 of 5 ONLINE   Nelson Au

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Posted May 13 2013 - 01:55 PM

Thanks Ken. What's odd is how CBS decides what to make full episodes. Some are top rated like NCIS and one is cancelled I think, Vegas. CSI is a long running series, but not top of the heap anymore I'm assuming. So why do they continue to only show clips from The Big Bang Theory? That's the only show I'm interested in! I was going to try to catch up with Hawaii Five as I missed most of the season. But perhaps that's not possible if like ABC, they only allow 4 episode to view.I guess they don't want to give it away and preserve some income potential from DVD and blu ray sales or other venues.

#4 of 5 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted May 13 2013 - 06:31 PM

I suspect it's because unlike CSI and NCIS, CBS/Paramount is not the producing studio for The Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, or The Mentalist. Warner Bros. is.

#5 of 5 ONLINE   Nelson Au

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Posted May 13 2013 - 08:11 PM

Matt, you are on to something! I just found an article on this exact issue. You are right, CBS doesn't own BBT. http://allthingsd.co...ig-bang-theory/ I'll bet that within a year or two, this will all go away and more and more material will be on mobile devices.

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