CBS, Amazon Expand Content Licensing Pact
As part of the agreement, such series as "Everybody Loves Raymond," "America’s Next Top Model" and "United States of Tara" will be available to Amazon Prime users.
Amazon continues to bolster its library of TV shows, this time with more CBS fare.
On the heels of Monday's announcement that Amazon and CBS had struck a deal for digital rights to the summer series Under the Dome, the streaming service has expanded its content licensing agreement to expand the series available on its Prime Instant Video service. As part of the agreement, such series as Everybody Loves Raymond, Jericho, The CW's America’s Next Top Model and Showtime's The L Word, Undercover Boss and United States of Tara will be available.
“CBS was one of our earliest content partners for Prime Instant Video, and our Prime customers have consistently told us how much they love having access to great CBS and Showtime shows. Adding a wider selection of great TV series, while extending our already popular selection of CBS programming, continues to make Prime an even better deal for customers – and we love that," Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition at Amazon, said in a statement announcing the news.
Added CBS Corp. chief corporate licensing officer Scott Koondel: “We’re very pleased to extend our relationship with Amazon and their Prime Instant Video service. Clearly the appetite for CBS programming continues to be very healthy, and we look forward to continuing to reach and establish new fans through Amazon’s terrific platform.”
The news comes as the Netflix rival continues to beef up its inventory, having spent considerable money for exclusive Web rights to series including PBS' Downton Abbey and TNT's Falling Skies and will soon make its foray into originals. (Already, the service has greenlighted six original comedies.) Episodes of Stephen King's Dome will be available for Amazon customers four days after the series' initial CBS airing. The remainder of Amazon's library features more than 36,000 films and TV episodes, including Fringe, The West Wing and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
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