As Competition With Streaming Services Heats Up, Amazon And CBS Expand Content Licensing Deal

Literally days after Amazon announced a unique content deal with CBS for in-season streaming of Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” series this summer, the company today added that now has an expanded relationship with CBS for additional content. Previously, Amazon had access to much back catalog content from CBS, in a deal similar to the one Hulu finally closed this November.

Prime members were already able to stream shows like Medium, The Tudors, the Star Trek franchise, I Love Lucy, and others, but the new agreement brings a handful of other properties, including America’s Next Top Model, Everybody Loves Raymond, Jericho, The L Word, Undercover Boss, United States of Tara, and more.

Amazon says its Prime Instant Video library now includes over 36,000 movies and TV episodes available for streaming. The Netflix rival also recently earned a big win as it will now serve as the exclusive online subscription home for PBS hit Downtown Abbey, which will begin offering streams on June 18, 2013. The company has been spending big, having scored TNT’s Falling Skies, as well, and having announced its intention to go into originals via Amazon Studios.