AMAZON AND CBS ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR, MULTI-SERIES CONTENT LICENSING AGREEMENT TO MAKE PRIME VIDEO THE EXCLUSIVE SUBSCRIPTION STREAMING HOME FOR THREE NEW CBS SUMMER SERIES THROUGH 2018
Prime Members Will Have Unlimited Access to Episodes of
New CBS Summer Series Just Four Days After Their Initial Broadcast
At No Additional Charge to Their Membership
Amazon and CBS Also Extend and Expand Deal
For More CBS and SHOWTIME(R) Series on Prime Video
SEATTLE - Oct. 1, 2015 - (NASDAQ: AMZN) Building on the success of Amazon's exclusive in-season licensing agreement for UNDER THE DOME and EXTANT, Amazon and CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) today announced a new multi-year, multi-series agreement to make Prime Video the exclusive subscription streaming home for three new CBS summer series through 2018. The first new CBS series included in this deal will be next summer's highly anticipated comic-thriller BRAINDEAD, which Prime members in the U.S. will be able to stream just four days after broadcast at no additional charge to their membership.
"Prime members have loved having access to series like UNDER THE DOME and EXTANT just four days after broadcast, and we're excited to continue to offer in-season availability of more great CBS summer series over the next three years," said Brad Beale, Amazon Vice President of Digital Video Content Acquisition. "We are also always working to ensure our Prime members have the best selection, and we know they will continue to enjoy unlimited access to a wide array of CBS titles to binge-watch anytime, anywhere."
"We're thrilled to build on our relationship with Amazon with new original summer series and more programming from CBS and SHOWTIME," said Scott Koondel, Chief Corporate Licensing Officer, CBS Corporation. "With a truly original, genre-bending concept from outstanding creative auspices, BRAINDEAD will be one of the most talked-about shows next summer by CBS viewers and Prime members."
BRAINDEAD is a comic thriller from Robert and Michelle King, acclaimed producers of THE GOOD WIFE. Set in the world of D.C. politics, the series follows a young fresh-faced Hill staffer (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) getting her first job in Washington, D.C. and discovering two things: the government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers.
This deal will also extend and expand CBS and SHOWTIME titles available to Prime members. Popular programming including MEDIUM, THE TUDORS, THE L WORD, the original TWIN PEAKS series, AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, I LOVE LUCY, PENN & TELLER, THE AMAZING RACE, MACGYVER, BROTHERHOOD and SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH. CBS Films available for Prime members include the Golden Globe-nominated films INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS and PRIDE, among others. Prime members can watch CBS titles and more via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at www.amazon.com/primevideo - Prime members can also download titles on iOS, Android and Fire devices for offline viewing. Customers who are not Prime members can sign-up for a 30-day free trial at www.amazon.com/prime.
About Amazon Video
Amazon Video includes tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes available on Prime Video at no additional charge to Prime members, as well as access to hundreds of thousands of titles to buy or rent. Amazon Video is the only service in the world that brings customers both of these options in one place.
Prime Video, available on Amazon Video, lets Prime members enjoy binge-worthy TV shows including Amazon Original Series airing now such as the multi-Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-winning series Transparent, Hand of God, Bosch, Catastrophe and Mozart in the Jungle as well as hit series like Sex and the City, Veep, Girls, The Sopranos, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Wire. Prime Video also offers members blockbuster movies such as Transformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, among others. Prime members have access to a collection of kids shows including Amazon Original Series Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street and the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy Award-winning Tumble Leaf, as well as popular shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, and Blue's Clues.
Prime members can look forward to several new upcoming original series premiering this year, with the coming-of-age dramedy Red Oaks premiering on October 9, followed by the much anticipated adaptation of Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle on November 20, and season two of Emmy-winning Transparent December 4. Coming in 2016 will be the second seasons of Mozart in the Jungle, Bosch and romantic comedy, Catastrophe, along with the debut season of The New Yorker Presents.
In addition to tens of thousands of titles to instantly stream on Prime Video, the Amazon Prime membership (www.amazon.com/prime) includes more than one million songs, more than a thousand playlists and hundreds of stations through Prime Music, unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, early access to select Lightning Deals, unlimited photo storage with Amazon Photos, and access to borrow from more than 800,000 books for Kindle owners-all for $99 a year.
Amazon Video can be accessed through the Amazon Video app on TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/amazonvideo. Prime Video titles can also be downloaded for offline enjoyment - the only subscription streaming service to offer this functionality. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at Amazon.com/prime.
More to Prime
Amazon Prime is an annual membership program for $99 a year that offers customers unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items across all categories, unlimited Free Same-Day Delivery on more than a million items in 14 metro areas, unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, more than one million songs, more than one thousand playlists and hundreds of stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos and access to more than 800,000 books to borrow with the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. In addition, Prime members in 11 cities receive one and two hour delivery on a selection of tens of thousands of everyday essentials with the dedicated Prime Now mobile app. Not a member? Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/prime.
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About CBS Corporation
CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world's largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand - "the Eye" - one of the most recognized in business. The Company's operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS's businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group (CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Interactive, CBS Films, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, Pop (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio and CBS EcoMedia. For more information, go to www.cbscorporation.com.