In an effort to tempt more customers to its video streaming service, Amazon announced on Monday that it has signed a licensing deal with CBS Television, allowing Prime Instant Video customers to watch episodes of the TV adaptation of Stephen King novel Under The Dome four days after it is initially broadcast. The series, which will debut on CBS on June 24, follows the announcement that Amazon had effectively stolen licensing rights to BBC (and PBS) hit Downtown Abbey from Netflix. Monday’s news demonstrates that neither side intends to back down in the war for exclusive content. While both Amazon and Netflix are focusing on original content to draw in new subscribers, gaining access to on-demand rights for popular cable and pay-TV shows is still a high priority for the two companies. Last year, Netflix signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Disney, which will see theatrical releases from 2016 come to the service.
Amazon Can Stream CBS’ “Under the Dome” Four Days After Air
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).