CBS Isn’t Evil?
It’s a rare and beatiful thing to realize that you were wrong in a way that makes you life better.
For the longest time, I thought CBS was a big fat snobby hoarder of programming. None of their shows are available through any of my got-to “off the wire” outlets: Netflix, Hulu, etc. This was unfortunate because there are several shows on CBS that I really like, specifically The Big Bang Theory and Criminal Minds, with NCIS bringing up the rear (I only just started watching it when I went to visit my parents in September). When I lost cable, I thought all of this glorious programming would only be available in real time via satellite, and being that I work until 8:30 most nights, it essentially meant an embargo on most CBS viewing. This was a dark period of my life indeed.
Now, by performing a naively hopefuly Hulu search, I come to find that, though these series are not available through intermediaries, the current seasons ARE available at CBS.com, via a surprisingly coherent interface. It seems like most TV stations design their online viewing sites to confuse their audience and deter them from watching anything, but this site is pretty intuitive. Go to the CBS home page and look under the night of the week your favorite show airs, then click on the show picture and it will redirect you to the show’s page. They have only posted episodes from the seasons that are currently airing, whichI will concede is a fair compromise–they want to make money off the per season box sets, and now we all have something to ask for for Christmas. It’s also possible that they don’t post all of their shows online, but I did a quick skim to find my favorites and I didn’t see any glaring omissions, though you will have to look for yourself to know for sure.
My only real complaint is that some of the commercials they insert into the online shows cause the playback to exit full screen mode. Yes, that means I have to actually get off my ASS and WALK over to the computer to switch it back by pressing BUTTONS! Uuughhhh.
Ok…I’m over it. Still beats paying for cable. And if you already have the remote keyboard/mouse thing going on, like I keep planning on doing, it’s really not that big of a deal.
So there you have it folks: I officially deem CBS “no longer evil.” Not only that, but they have managed to master the concept of actually making their content easy to access. Good work, CBS–you partially make up for the fact that TNT is such an a-hole.