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CBS debuts Android app with full episode streaming, BlackBerry app coming later

News by Andrew Kameka on Friday October 04, 2013.

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The CBS App previously seen only on the Apple iPhone and iPad is now available for Android. CBS has made its app, which streams entire episodes of popular shows like How I Met Your Mother and CSI, open to any Android phone or tablet running Android 4.0.3 or later. The app also offers bookmarked shows, broadcast schedule viewing, photo galleries, and information about the cast of each program.

CBS has included all of its major shows and there does not seem to be any popular programs absent from the TV listings. However, the timeliness of options is disappointing. Despite CBS.com offering full episodes for every show that CBS has broadcast so far, the mobile app streams only the first episode of its fall shows. Episodes are a week behind what's been seen on TV, which defeats the purpose of using a mobile app as a way to catch-up with someone's favorite shows. Daytime and late night shows are even less current because the time-sensitive shows cannot be viewed until 24 hours after they have already aired.

BlackBerry users will gain the ability to watch TV shows later this year when CBS launches its BlackBerry 10 app for the Z10, Q10, and presumably the Z30. CBS says it will launch the app "before the end of the year." The network also plans to bring CBS Sync and Connect Live, a second-screen app for interaction with a live broadcast, later this fall.

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