Hulu on Wednesday announced they have reached an agreement with CBS to carry the broadcast network’s content, which will be available as both on-demand and live streaming. The CBS content will be available via Hulu’s new multichannel, live TV streaming service, set to launch in the near future.
The deal means subscribers to Hulu’s new live service will gain access to the eye network’s popular lineup of shows, including Big Bang Theory, 60 Minutes, Big Brother, NCIS, and more. Sports will also loom large in the deal, as the CBS Sports Network will be included in the deal. The POP network will also come along for the ride, with additional networks possibly being added in the future.
CBS’s preeminent sports programming, including the NFL on CBS (all preseason, regular and post-season games broadcast on CBS) and the NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP will also be offered on the new service, as well as news programming and specials, CBS’s leading late night shows and major annual live events such as The GRAMMYs®. In addition, the new deal extends Showtime Networks’ existing deal with Hulu in which SHOWTIME is offered as a premium subscription service to those customers who subscribe to Hulu’s live or SVOD service.
The CBS deal comes on the heels of other recent agreements with 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company, which includes more than 35 networks, including broadcast networks FOX and ABC; Fox Sports networks such as the Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2 and BTN; ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN-SEC and ESPN 3; Fox Regional Sports Networks across dozens of key national markets; Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior; Fox News and Fox Business; Freeform; FX, FXX and FXM; and National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild.
Earlier this year, Hulu announced an agreement with Time Warner Inc. for live and on-demand streaming of Turner’s lineup of entertainment, sports, news and kids’ networks including TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies.
The new live TV streaming service will be offered alongside Hulu’s current ad-supported and ad-free subscription video on-demand services. No launch date has been announced for the new service.