Hulu has acquired the exclusive subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights to all previous seasons of CBS’s long-running crime drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” the company announced Thursday.
Through the multi-year agreement, Hulu subscribers will be able to stream more than 300 episodes and all complete past seasons of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. Hulu also becomes the exclusive SVOD home to all episodes of the series, and will add full libraries of past seasons ahead of future series premieres. The deal marks the first time “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” has ever been licensed to an SVOD service.
“CSI is one of the most popular television franchises in the world and we could not be more thrilled to make all episodes available to Hulu subscribers,” said Craig Erwich, Hulu’s Senior Vice President and Head of Content. “This deal not only represents a huge growth in our offering of premium content, but it also represents an expansion in our partnership with CBS. We look forward to working with CBS to continue making some of the best shows on television available for viewers to stream on more screens in the future.”
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” premiered in the fall of 2000. The series ranked as television’s number one drama for seven seasons and earned the title of the “most-watched show in the world” on five separate occasions, most recently in 2012. “CSI” has also developed into a franchise for CBS, spawning three television spin-offs, books, video games and “CSI: The Experience,” an interactive educational exhibit about forensic science that travels around the world.
All episodes will be available for streaming on Hulu with a Plus subscription beginning early April.