Netflix Strikes Deal With CBS, Disney
Online movie rental service Netflix said today that it has signed agreements with the CBS Television Network and Disney-ABC Television Group that will allow current season episodes of a number of TV shows to be streamed at Netflix.
Netflix customers will be able to watch "CSI" and the spin-offs "CSI: Miami", "CSI: NY", "NCIS", and the FBI drama "Numb3rs" from CBS.
The agreement for Disney Channel content includes the popular series "Hannah Montana," "Wizards of Waverly Place," and a new original series, "The Suite Life on Deck," a spin-off of the hit, "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody." The "Wizards of Waverly Place" and "The Suite Life on Deck" will be available for streaming at Netflix 24 hours after each episode’s initial broadcast.
"We have a shared interest in granting fans expanded access to and strengthening the networks’ key shows," said Robert Kyncl, vice president of content acquisition for Netflix.
Around 350 CBS episodes covered in the deal include previous seasons of the three "CSI" series and "Numb3rs," the first two seasons of "Jericho" series and episodes from TV classics such as "Star Trek," "MacGyver," and "Family Ties." The catalog episodes will be available online this fall.