Amazon gets streaming deal for 2,000 CBS TV episodes

Full seasons of 18 TV series from the CBS catalog are being added to Amazon Prime instant video.

Now there's one more way to watch old episodes of "Star Trek." CBS has struck another nonexclusive content licensing deal for its TV backlist, this time with Amazon for its Amazon Prime streaming video service. (Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET).

The agreement brings 2,000 TV show episodes to the service to bring the total number of Amazon Prime instant videos to more than 8,000 movies and TV shows, the companies said. That includes full seasons of 18 TV series, such as "The Tudors," "Numb3rs," "Medium," the "Star Trek" franchise, "Frasier," and "Cheers."

For those who don't subscribe to Amazon's Prime service, dozens of CBS shows will also become available to Amazon Instant Video customers this summer.

No dollar amounts were disclosed for the deal, but it's assumed to be similar to the terms CBS struck with Netflix, which analysts said is worth $200 million.

(Via MarketWatch)

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