CBS’ hit show “CSI: Crime Scene Investigations” has a new online home, despite the future of the series.
Hulu recently attained exclusive video-on demand subscription rights to the previous seasons of the show. According to the multi-year deal, CSI is going to be available on the popular streaming website beginning in April, for those users who subscribe to Hulu Plus. Subscribers can access the more than 300 episodes along with the libraries of past seasons before the premieres of future seasons.
CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves said the lucrative agreement is a representation of the developing approach the company has when it comes to making money off their content. The agreement makes it the first time CSI has been licensed to an SVOD service.
Moonves said CSI is a multi-billion dollar franchise, and it’ll only get bigger thanks to the streaming deals. He said the entire NCIS catalog will be in their arsenal for sale, with talks already taking place to license the show later on.
CSI has been dubbed the most watched show five times, kicking off three spinoffs such as the latest CBS show CSI: Cyber along with various video games, books and interactive exhibit.
Hulu Senior VP and Head of Content Craig Erwich said CSI is an extremely popular television franchise, which is why the company is excited about all the episodes being made available in its library.
He said the deal is a big representation of the website’s huge growth in premium content and an expansion of its CBS partnership. He said Hulu anticipates working with CBS in offering the best TV shows for streaming in the future.
Scott Koondel, CBS Corp. chief corporate content licensing officer, said the latest agreement along with previous deals with Hulu is further validation at how well CBS’ dramas are doing on subscription-based services.
Netflix offers CSI: Miami and CSI: New York with Amazon offering CSI with VOD. It’s also established a powerful relationship with the network for shows like Extant and Under the Dome. Hulu also has CSI: Miami in its large library agreement with CBS.