Hulu Plus adds 2,600 CBS library titles to online streaming catalogue

Michelle Clancy | 06-11-2012

Hulu has signed a multi-year licencing agreement with CBS to bring the network's library of TV programming to the Hulu Plus online streaming subscription service beginning in January.

CBS content will kick off on Hulu Plus in January 2013, and over the following months, will expand to include more than 2,600 episodes from CBS library series, including Medium, Numb3rs and CSI: Miami and older fare like Star Trek, I Love Lucy and The Twilight Zone.

"This is in addition to the more than 400 other content partners from whom we offer current and classic TV programming on Hulu and Hulu Plus," said Andy Forssell, senior vice president of content at Hulu, in a blog posting. "The Hulu team spends a lot of time watching TV shows. It's a perk of the gig. We spend hours discussing the plotlines and characters, and inevitably, the conversation always turns to the list of the shows we'd like to offer on our service. Since CBS has produced some of the most enduring content in history, their library of programming has always been high on that list."

Ahead of the full launch, episodes 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 with additional titles being announced on a rolling basis.

"We remain ever-focused on building a differentiated and high-value service for our customers (users, content owners and advertisers) and are proud that we have built Hulu Plus to be the only online video service to offer this type of TV content selection," said Forssell. "We hope you enjoy all the classic and contemporary library of CBS shows coming to Hulu Plus in January."