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Comcast to Offer Free On-Demand CBS Primetime Series

15 Sep, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Cable operator Comcast Corp. has revised a 99-cents-per-episode on-demand distribution deal with CBS Corp. by offering, for free, eight CBS primetime TV series the day after their network airings.

The ad-supported video-on-demand (VOD) programs — available only with Comcast digital cable service — include episodes of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: NY,” “Survivor,” “NCIS,” “Numb3rs,” “Jericho” and “Big Brother.”

The previous agreement allowed for on-demand offerings of CBS only in markets served by CBS owned-and-operated stations.

“VOD has fundamentally changed the way people watch TV,” said Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast. “CBS took a giant step forward in experimenting with prime-time [VOD] last season, and we are pleased to partner with them.”

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