There are other devices that can use cbs all access: roku, playstation, xbox, android and apple devices.
Search is particularly pushy. I searched "Game of Thrones" and the first result was the HBO show, but when I clicked on it the most prominent option was to purchase it from Amazon -- at $4 per episode or $39 for a season. Only by navigating to the little "More Ways to Watch" button was I shown HBO Go (which allows me to watch it for "free" as part of a subscription). Meanwhile, even though I had installed the HBO Now app, it wasn't listed there at all.
The same experience applies to pretty much every other TV show and movie I searched for. The Amazon version was listed first, and if the other options were listed at all, they were further down a list of choices or hidden completely. Even when I was inside the Netflix app, voice search would pull me out and present me with the Amazon choices. Amazon's system-wide voice and text search still omit Netflix results completely.
That's fine for people who only subscribe to Amazon Prime, but for those who also subscribe to Netflix, HBO Now, Showtime or Hulu Plus, it could mean paying extra for something you can get for "free" as part of that subscription.
For the second question, right now, Netflix is the only service that my podcasting pal is aware of that currently offers downloads of their content for offline viewing.
We are not only going to need a Roku or the like - we are most likely going to need a whole new TV, as ours is (per RP) from 2000.
as ours is (per RP) from 2000.
I don't know what the quality would be like with such a connection though.