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CBS, Amazon strike streaming deal

Anyone know about this Amazon Prime site? Been around a while as a competitor to Hulu and others (including Netflix), but not nearly as highly visible as some of the better-known streaming sites.

Well, the visibility just improved: A big deal with CBS was just announced. The bulk of the news release appears below, but what's intriguing here is CBS's move to another venue just as Hulu is putting itself on the block. There may be no connection whatsoever (and CBS content, or what little there is of it on Hulu, will remain on Hulu.) Still, it's interesting. More than the other webs, it seems to me, CBS has been particularly insistent on getting $$$$ for its content; the No. 1 network is entitled to that, but by striking this deal with Amazon, CBS is now effectively insisting that people pay for what they see when they venture away from the over-the-air network.

CBS Corporation [NYSE: CBS.A and CBS] and [NASDAQ: AMZN] today announced a non-exclusive licensing agreement that will enable Amazon customers to stream television shows from CBS's vast library.

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. "Our new deal with CBS makes Amazon Prime even better for customers," said Jeff Bezos, CEO. "We're excited to add thousands of popular CBS programs to our already great selection, all of which stream at no additional cost to Amazon Prime members." "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," said Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation. "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 6,000 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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