Relax, Android and Windows 8 users: CBS says you’ll get a similar smartphone and tablet app later this year. But Apple customers will be first to take advantage of the program which handles streamed full episodes of certain CBS shows, and so-called “second screen” features for people who are watching conventional live TV. The network says that its daytime and late night shows will be available within 24 hours after they air, and most primetime shows will be up after eight days. “We have been methodically and strategically finding new ways to satiate the appetite for our content on new platforms, while tapping into the tremendous revenue provided by doing so,” CBS chief Les Moonves says. “Our announcement today achieves both of these objectives, while protecting our very healthy current ecosystem.” By this fall’s TV season the new app will integrate features from the current CBS Connect App. It will offer integrated social feeds, and live events for fans who want to connect with performers. The second-screen material will be available for shows including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-O, and NCIS: Los Angeles. CBS says that Buick is the official launch partner for the app; users will have “reduced commercial interruption for the first several weeks after launch.”
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