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CBS announces standalone digital subscription service

Just a day after HBO announced its own standalone subscription service, which will allow customers to pay for video on demand without needing to purchase a traditional cable package, CBS is following suit. The network unveiled "CBS All Access" today, its own subscription service that will cost $5.99 a month and offer over 5,000 episodes of classic CBS TV in addition to current series.

So what, exactly, does that $5.99 get you? From the press release:

* Full current seasons of 15 primetime shows with episodes available the day after they air.

* Unprecedented ability to live stream local CBS stations in 14 of the largest markets at launch, with more to be added as affiliates join the new service.

* Full past seasons of eight major current series, including THE GOOD WIFE, BLUE BLOODS and SURVIVOR.

* More than 5,000 episodes of CBS Classics, including every episode of STAR TREK, CHEERS, MACGYVER, TWIN PEAKS and CSI: MIAMI.

* Access to exclusive additional content for CBS Television's biggest special events, such as THE GRAMMY® AWARDS, THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and THE VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW.

* Ability to stream the BIG BROTHER 24/7 Live Feeds service for no additional fee when the show returns next summer.

* Advertising-free environment for all CBS Classics.

One notable exception from that list: NFL games will not be available on the service, though CBS is "currently in discussions" with the league, The New York Times reports.

Don't want to binge on every season of The Big Bang Theory or CSI: Miami? Good news for lovers of shows like Homeland and Penny Dreadful may be on the horizon, as CBS CEO Leslie Moonves told the Times that a similar service for Showtime, the premium network CBS owns, may be coming in the "not too distant future."