CBS and Hulu Announce Licensing Agreement for Library Content on the Hulu Plus Subscription Service

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November 5th, 2012

via press release:


LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5, 2012 – CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) and Hulu announced today a non-exclusive, multi-year licensing agreement to stream programs from CBS's rich television library on the Hulu Plus subscription service. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


The CBS content will begin to appear on Hulu Plus in January 2013, and over the following months, Hulu Plus 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 service, and additional titles will be announced.


“We’re excited to deliver CBS library programming to Hulu Plus subscribers,” said Scott Koondel, Senior Vice President of Corporate Licensing, CBS Corporation.  “This marks another agreement that meets the growing demand for our content on new platforms while establishing other incremental ways to get paid for our library.”


“CBS has a long history of producing truly great TV. Hulu Plus subscribers are entertainment lovers who spend their time watching shows they love, versus shows they might only just like.  Those two facts make for a fantastic combination, because this collection of CBS titles are shows that people revere and that really matter to fans of great TV like our subscribers,” said Andy Forssell, Senior Vice President of Content for Hulu.

CBS and Hulu also have previously announced licensing agreements for CBS-produced programming that airs on The CW and for CBS content on Hulu’s subscription service in Japan.

  • Heradite

    So from what I gather, Hulu Plus will now give me old CBS shows instead of the current ones. Even though I would love to watch the Big Bang Theory, the Mentalist, and the Good Wife on Hulu.

  • darius

    They will show programs owned by cbs ,not that air on Cbs.The mentalist,Big bang,2.5 men ,HIYM are out of question.

  • Robert Seidman

    yes, old shows only, just like Netflix. BTW, because Big Bang Theory and The Mentalist are produced by Warner Bros, CBS isn’t responsible for doing the digital licensing of previous years episodes. Given how well BBT has performed in syndication, I can’t imagine Warner Bros licensing past seasons to Netflix/Hulu anytime soon — at least not at rates Netflix/Huly would be willing to pay. But I could be wrong.

  • Marc

    Is that because of the deals CBS has with each show simply preventing it? Or is it strategic?

  • Max Vrany

    @Marc, Strategic, CBS doesn’t want to put their shows on Hulu, because they don’t feel they need to. They stream most of them on their own website, selling all the advertising, so why should they give them up to Hulu and let them sell the advertising? They own most of their dramas*, so it’s not a rights issue.

    *CBS owns** (all or in part) The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS, NCIS:LA, Vegas, Criminal Minds***, CSI, Elementary, CSI:NY, and Blue Bloods. Warner Brothers owns The Mentalist and Person of Interest.

    **As far as I’m aware

    ***Criminal Minds is a co-production between CBS and ABC’s production companies. CBS controls the US rights, ABC (Studios) controls the international rights, so CBS has the power to license it to Hulu (for US eyes only, as most Hulu content is).

  • carigis

    maybe if they add back the original discussion boards, cut all the commercials when they are charging a monthly fee, and stop integrating everything with facebook, and roll back the horrible new design for the site and lower the increased commerical load for the free sections..

    then Ill give it another look. But i don’t see that happening soon. I have not logged into my hulu account in ages. I don’t think adding old CBS shows is going to cut it.

  • xwiseguyx

    I just wish the shows that CBS makes available on their website would work on iPad/iPhone so that I could watch this on my Apple TV.. grrrrrrr. All the other networks seemed to have figured this out.

  • Mano

    CBS wants to make money, not give away their current shows. It’s a key to their success.

  • joethehobo

    I just wish they would have SOME way of watching 2 Broke Girls aside from live television viewing. Is it available on itunes? Nope. Is it available on hulu? Nope. Netflix? Nope. It’s not even available to stream on their own website, like all of their other shows. CBS apparently doesn’t want people watching 2 Broke Girls.

  • Babygate

    I think CBS knows exactly what they are doing. By limiting alternative access to their shows it forces people who are interested to watch live and that boosts their ratings. Last year when they moved Good Wife to Sundays I had to choose between that and Desperate Housewives and I ended up watching GW live and catching DH on Hulu Plus later because at the time the GW episodes were not readily available on their website or they were really delayed.

  • John Carter

    That might work for the masses in general Babygate, but not me. I don’t watch any TV shows live anymore. With CBS, I just wait until they put it on their website. When they don’t do that, I just use the PC as a DVR.

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