CBS Apple TV App Review: Is It Worth It?


I love the new Apple TV: the experience, overall, is awesome. But still, a nice interface and a new (somewhat annoying, admittedly) remote, Siri voice commands and all of the other interesting features are pretty pointless without great content.

So, apps. At various times I am a subscriber to Netflix and Hulu — though both apps leave me with a, “Why am I subscribing to this, again?” feeling more often than a, “This is totally worth it feeling.”

I’ll rent movies and buy an occasional TV episode on iTunes too. Then there are the news apps like Haystack and Newsy which I watch surprisingly often.

And then there’s the CBS app. I downloaded it when I got the new Apple TV because I thought I’d try it out sometime. There were several shows that I had liked to watch in the past or that looked interesting or that were going to be coming out soon.

Well this week I finally got around to trying the CBS apps free trial and I’m 70% disappointed and 30% delighted. The 30% comes merely from interesting shows. The 70% comes from several small and medium annoyances that, when added together, make the app just about unusable. Overall, the experience is user-hostile.

First, there ads within shows. Lots of them. It’s basically like watching old school over-the-air CBS, just on-demand. ...

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