CBS streaming coming to Australia
US broadcaster CBS has this month announced plans to launch its service in Australia by the end of the year.
The move will mean more competition for Australia's existing subscription services, Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime Video and Foxtel Now but a suite of new content for Aussie audiences.
President and Chief Operating Officer Marc DeBevoise told local media at a Los Angeles programming event this week that CBS All Access would launch in Australia during the fourth quarter of 2018.
The move comes almost a year after CBS - which boasts titles such as the Star Trek series, Tell Me a Story and Strange Angel - purchased Network Ten for a reported $162 million.
The announcement comes nearly three months after CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves told investors about the plans at the announcement of the company's first quarter results in New York.
"By year's end, we plan to bring All Access to Australia using our acquisition of Network Ten as a gateway to launch in that market," Mr Moonves said in May.
"After that, we'll add more and more markets every year, leading to tremendous upside to our overall direct-to-consumer strategy,
"And importantly, these international subs are incremental to our 2020 target that I just mentioned."
Mr Moonves appeared optimistic about the expansion plans during a phone conversation with CBS investors two days ago, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
"Based on our growth trajectory and the trends we see ahead … we plan to double our initial goal in just two years," Moonves said.
"That doesn't even include the subscribers we plan to generate internationally,
"We have had early success in Canada and we are now getting ready to expand into Australia."
It is not known whether CBS will be able to air some of its major titles like Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Fight as the company had signed output agreements for Netflix, Stan and SBS to air them in Australia.