Under a new deal between CBS and Amazon, a high-profile CBS drama series will be offered for streaming four days after it airs on the broadcast channel. TheWrap.com reports that the agreement involves the new Steven Spielberg-Halle Berry series “Extant.”
"The deal is almost identical to one for last summer’s ‘Under the Dome’: ‘Extant,’ starring Halle Berry and produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, will premiere on CBS in June. Amazon Prime Instant Video will be the exclusive, with streaming available four days after episodes air on TV," the story reports.
The piece adds: “’Under the Dome’ averaged 15.06 million viewers and was the most-watched scripted summer series in 21 years. It was also watched by more customers than any other TV season on Prime Instant Video in 2013."
Said Scott Koondel, chief corporate licensing officer for CBS Corp.: “Our partnership with Amazon for ‘Under the Dome’ helped build a creative, financial and marketing model for event television in the summer. We look forward to using the same model for ‘Extant,’ a series whose creative auspices, on-screen talent and intriguing concept is already generating great excitement.”
“Extant” is "a mystery thriller about a female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family after a year in outer space," the piece adds. "Her experiences lead to events that will change human history."