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Amazon and CBS Expand Content Deal for Streaming Shows

by Sean P. Aune | February 13, 2013February 13, 2013 11:00 pm PDT

Everybody Loves Raymond

Amazon and CBS announced today that the two companies will be expanding the existing relationship to encompass more content on Amazon’s streaming service.

Following up news earlier in the week that Amazon would be the exclusive streaming home for the upcoming CBS mini-series Under the Dome, the two firms have announced an expansion of their agreement for older content. The new deal builds on the existing one for series such as Star Trek and adds other fan favorites like Everybody Loves Raymond, Undercover Boss, America’s Next Top Model and the Showtime series United States of Tara.

“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,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “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.”

Amazon is picking up a lot of content as of late, and has several shows of its own in the early stages of production. Netflix needs to start worrying.

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Amazon and CBS Announce Expanded Content Licensing Agreement

Amazon Prime members now have more of their favorite CBS series to choose from for instant streaming, at no additional cost on hundreds of devicesNew programming now available to Amazon Prime members includes America’s Next Top Model, Everybody Loves Raymond, Undercover Boss, United States of Tara and moreNEW YORK & SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 13, 2013– CBS Corporation and Amazon.com, Inc. today announced an expanded content licensing agreement to bring classic series and hit TV shows from CBS Television Distribution and Showtime Networks to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service, extending the already vast catalog of CBS content available for Prime members to instantly stream, and enjoy at no additional cost.

With this agreement, popular CBS and Showtime series coming to Prime Instant Video for the first time include America’s Next Top Model, Everybody Loves Raymond, Jericho, The L Word, Undercover Boss and United States of Tara, among others. In addition, fan-favorite TV series such as Medium, The Tudors, the complete Star Trek franchise, I Love Lucy, and more, will continue to be available for Prime members to stream, commercial-free at no additional cost on Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U, among other devices. To sign up for Amazon Prime, visit www.amazon.com/primeinstantvideo.

“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,” said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. “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.”

“We’re very pleased to extend our relationship with Amazon and their Prime Instant Video service,” said Scott Koondel, Chief Corporate Licensing Officer for CBS Corporation. “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.”

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service recently announced it will be the exclusive online subscription home for the CBS summer series Under the Dome – produced by Steven Spielberg and based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel of the same name – which will give Amazon Prime members unlimited access to the TV series just four days after airing and will also be available for purchase and download to all Amazon customers exclusively on Amazon Instant Video. In addition, Amazon announced that Prime Instant Video will soon become the exclusive online subscription home for PBS series, Downton Abbey. The Prime Instant Video library now features more than 36,000 movies and TV episodes including fan-favorite shows such as Downton Abbey, Fringe, and The West Wing and blockbuster movies including Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Rango and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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