CBS has so far held out from striking licensing arrangements with Hulu–likely because it’s partially owned by Fox/News Corp., NBCU and ABC/Disney. That’s about to change with a non-exclusive, multi-year licensing agreement to stream programs from CBS’s library on the Hulu Plus subscription service. CBS content will begin to appear in January and over the following months, subscribers will have access to more than 2,600 episodes from library series such as “Medium,” “Numb3rs” and “CSI: Miami,” as well as classics such as “Star Trek,” “I Love Lucy” and “The Twilight Zone.” Clips from Entertainment Tonight will also be available the day of broadcast on Hulu and Hulu Plus. A selection of CBS library shows will also rotate through the free Hulu.com service, and additional titles will be announced.
Said Andy Forssell, Hulu SVP of Content: “We remain ever-focused on building a differentiated and high-value service for our customers (users, content owners and advertisers) and are proud that we have built Hulu Plus to be the only online video service to offer this type of TV content selection. We hope you enjoy all the classic and contemporary library of CBS shows coming to Hulu Plus in January.”
CBS and Hulu also previously announced licensing deals for CBS-produced programming that airs on The CW and for CBS content on Hulu’s subscription service in Japan.