CBS, Amazon in digital video licensing agreement

MUMBAI: US broadcaster CBS and online retail major have announced a non-exclusive licensing agreement that will enable Amazon customers to stream television shows from CBS‘s vast library.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Amazon Prime customers will be able to instantly watch thousands of episodes from the CBS library at no additional cost to their membership. With the deal, Amazon will add 2,000 episodes to grow the total number of Prime instant videos to more than 8,000 movies and television shows, and offer full seasons for 18 popular television series, including ‘The Tudors’, ‘Numb3rs’, ‘Medium’, the complete ‘Star Trek’ franchise, ‘Frasier’ and ‘Cheers’.

Starting this summer, dozens of CBS shows will also become available to Amazon Instant Video customers. CEO Jeff Bezos said, "Our new deal with CBS makes Amazon Prime even better for customers. We‘re excited to add thousands of popular CBS programmes to our already great selection, all of which stream at no additional cost to Amazon Prime members."
CBS president, CEO Leslie Moonves said, "Amazon has created one of the most popular consumer marketplaces in the world, and we are very pleased to make these titles available to their Instant Video and Prime customers. This new agreement represents another meaningful way for us to realize incremental value for CBS‘s content."
Amazon Instant Video is a streaming video service that offers customers more than 90,000 movies and television shows available to purchase or rent, and with this CBS content included, will offer more than 8,000 movies and television shows included at no additional cost with an Amazon Prime membership.

Customers can instantly watch movies and television shows from Amazon on a Mac, PC or directly on television with any of the 300 compatible devices.

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