Netflix ButtonNetflix and and American television network CBS have struck a non-exclusive two-year deal for shows to be added to Watch Instantly.

It’s been a big day in the realm of streaming video content.  Amazon announced a streaming service for its Amazon Prime members, and now Netflix has come along with a major content deal with CBS studios.

“This deal recognizes the increasing value of our content in today’s marketplace,” said Scott Koondel, President of Distribution, CBS Television Distribution.  “More and more, people want to be able to access our programming on a wide variety of platforms.  We are very pleased that the titles offered through this deal will now also be made available to a whole new community through the terrific and convenient service that Netflix offers.  We will continue to pursue additional non-exclusive distribution partners that are additive to our overall business.”

“We are thrilled to be bringing CBS shows to Netflix and are looking forward to growing our relationship over time,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. ”Netflix is now the only online premium subscription service with shows featured on all four broadcast networks and dozens of cable TV’s biggest brands.”

While the deal does not include some of the newest shows out there – the CSI franchises or NCIS immediately pop to mind – it does cover a pretty large array of shows from the history of the studio.  Titles named as being part of the deal for sure include:

  • The Andy Griffith Show
  • Cheers
  • Family Ties
  • Flashpoint
  • Frasier
  • Hawaii Five-0 (original)
  • Medium
  • Star Trek (all series)
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Twin Peaks

A quick check of Netflix shows that these shows are not yet available, and there was no indication from the company as to the exact day to expect them, but we would imagine it will be fairly quickly.  It also appears that the shows listed are just the highlights of the deal, and that more shows are expected.

It looks like the whole streaming video market is about to get a whole lot more interesting.

What do you think?  Are we about to see an all out fight between Netflix and Amazon?