Amazon Signs Multi-Year Licensing Deal With CBS for 3 Upcoming Summer Series

Deal allows Amazon Prime members to stream new episodes just four days after broadcast

Last Updated: October 1, 2015 @ 7:22 AM

Amazon and CBS Corporation have entered a new multi-year, multi-series agreement to make Prime Video the exclusive subscription streaming home for three upcoming summer series through 2018, the companies announced Wednesday.

The first new CBS series included in this deal will be next summer’s comic-thriller “BrainDead,” which Prime members in the U.S. will be able to stream just four days after broadcast at no additional charge to their membership.

“BrainDead” hails Robert and Michelle King, the producers of “The Good Wife.” The series follows a woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who gets her first job in Washington, D.C. and discovers two things: the government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers.

This deal will also extend and expand CBS and Showtime titles available to Prime members. Popular programming includes: “Medium,” “The Tudors,” “The L Word,” the original “Twin Peaks,” “The Amazing Race,” and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.”

CBS Films’ available for Prime members include the Golden Globe-nominated films “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “Pride.” Prime members can watch CBS titles and more via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online.

Prime members can also download titles on iOS, Android and Fire devices for offline viewing. Customers who are not Prime members can sign-up for a 30-day free trial at Amazon’s website.

“We’re thrilled to build on our relationship with Amazon with new original summer series and more programming from CBS and Showtime,” Scott Koondel, chief corporate licensing officer of CBS Corporation, said. “With a truly original, genre-bending concept from outstanding creative auspices, BrainDead will be one of the most talked-about shows next summer by CBS viewers and Prime members.”