CBS has expanded a licensing arrangement with Amazon.com, which means shows from the CBS library will remain on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town.
The deal will extend the licensing period for older CBS shows at no extra charge beyond Prime’s $79 annual fee.
“CBS initially went into business with Amazon three years ago as a digital test," the story reports. "But the relationship proved valuable as funding from Amazon helped underwrite the cost of ‘Under the Dome,’ a summer series based on a best-selling Stephen King novel. CBS greenlit the high-profile project only after making sure the show would make money, and Amazon provided a key piece of the funding."
“Under the Dome” was the most popular show on Amazon’s service in 2013, the piece adds.
Other CBS-owned shows that are available include classics such as “I Love Lucy” and the “Star Trek” franchise.