CBS Strikes Deal With Hulu Plus to Stream TV Library

Classics such as "Star Trek" and "I Love Lucy" as well as contemporary series such as "Medium" will come to Hulu's subscription service in January

CBS and Hulu have reached a licensing agreement to stream CBS's television library, including "Star Trek," "Medium" and "CSI: Miami," on Hulu's Hulu Plus subscription service, CBS said Monday.

The non-exclusive, multi-year deal will begin January 2013, with more than 2,600 episodes being rolled  out over the following months.

Further titles will also rotate through Hulu's free service, CBS said.

The TV library licensing deal follows pacts that have brought CBS-produced programming that airs on the CW to Hulu, and CBS content to Hulu's subscription service in Japan.

“CBS has a long history of producing truly great TV," Hulu's senior vice president of content Andy Forssell said. "Hulu Plus subscribers are entertainment lovers who spend their time watching shows they love, versus shows they might only just like.  Those two facts make for a fantastic combination, because this collection of CBS titles are shows that people revere and that really matter to fans of great TV like our subscribers."

   “We’re excited to deliver CBS library programming to Hulu Plus subscribers,” Scott Koondel, senior vice president of corporate licensing, CBS Corporation, added.  “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.”