CBS, the only major network without ownership in Hulu, has signed up to make some of its programs available on the Hulu Plus subscription service.
It’s a timid commitment, however. The non-exclusive, multi-year licensing deal does not include current shows, instead focusing on library catalog programs like Medium, Numb3rs and CSI: Miami along with evergreen favorites like Star Trek, I Love Lucy and The Twilight Zone.
CBS said some of its programs will be shown on the free Hulu.com service on a rotating basis. Also, Hulu will feature clips from Entertainment Tonight on the day they’re originally broadcast.
CBS and Hulu already have licensing agreements for CBS-produced programming to be included in Hulu’s subscription service in Japan.
“We’re excited to deliver CBS library programming to Hulu Plus subscribers,” said Scott Koondel, senior vice president of Corporate Licensing, CBS Corp. “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.”
Hulu Plus subscribers will begin getting CBS content in January, according to a blog post by Andy Forssell, senior vice president of Content for Hulu. He also said additional programs will be announced in the future.
CBS Corp. – press release
Hulu blog – CBS Library TV Series Come to Hulu Plus
MediaPost – CBS Inks Multi-Year Deal With Hulu
Deadline – CBS Inks Library Deal For Hulu Plus