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CBS, Amazon Expand SVOD Agreement

29 Jan, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

CBS Corp. and Amazon Jan. 29 announced an expansion and extension of their subscription streaming content licensing agreement. Under the renewed deal, classic and hit TV shows from CBS and Showtime Networks will be made available to the Amazon Prime Instant Video service. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Prime Instant Video customers will continue to stream series such as "Medium," "The Tudors," the complete "Star Trek" franchise, "I Love Lucy" and others — as well as new titles such as "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior," "Penn & Teller" and "Vegas."

All programming will stream in Prime Instant Video on Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation and Wii, among other connected devices.

"We are very pleased to continue expanding our partnership with Amazon," said Scott Koondel, chief corporate licensing offer with CBS. “[Our] content is clearly a great match with Prime Instant Video's growing user base, including 'The Good Wife,' [which was] the service's No. 1 show this past fourth quarter.”

Amazon recently announced it will be the exclusive premium subscription home for the upcoming CBS summer series “Extant,” produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Halle Berry.

This follows CBS and Amazon's successful SVOD business model for last summer's series “Under the Dome,” which averaged 15.06 million viewers and was the most-watched scripted summer series in 21 years.

“Under the Dome: Season One” was also watched by more customers than any other TV series on Prime Instant Video last year. The Prime Instant Video library now features more than 40,000 movies and TV episodes, including "Downton Abbey," "Fringe" and "The West Wing," as well  movies Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Rango and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, among others.


About the Author: Erik Gruenwedel

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