|[January 08, 2014]
Amazon and CBS Corporation Announce Exclusive Content Licensing Agreement for New CBS Series Extant-Produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and Starring Halle Berry
SEATTLE & LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)--
(NASDAQ: AMZN)-Amazon.com (News - Alert), Inc. and CBS Corporation announced today a
content licensing agreement for the new CBS Television series Extant.
The serialized drama, starring Halle Berry and produced by Steven
Spielberg's Amblin Television, will premiere on the CBS Television
Network in June. Amazon Prime Instant Video will be the exclusive
premium subscription home for Extant with unlimited streaming of
all the series' episodes available to their members four days after
their initial broadcast on CBS.
Amazon Prime members will be able to enjoy the episodes on hundreds of
compatible Amazon Instant Video devices including Kindle Fire HDX,
Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone (News - Alert), iPod touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation and
the Wii. Episodes of Extant will also be available for purchase
and download exclusively at Amazon Instant Video (www.amazon.com/AIV).
Prime Instant Video is the only U.S. online subscription streaming
service that enables offline viewing-on a plane, on vacation, and
anywhere else where you may not have Wi-Fi. Customers can download
episodes of Extant and tens of thousands of other Prime Instant Videos
to their new Kindle Fire HD or Kindle Fire HDX.
This agreement follows CBS and Amazon's highly successful subscription
video-on-demand model for last summer's number one series Under the
Dome, which averaged 15.06 million viewers and was the most watched
scripted summer series in 21 years. Under the Dome Season 1 was
also watched by more customers than any other TV season on Prime Instant
Video this year.
Extant is a mystery thriller about a female astronaut trying to
reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space.
Her experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of
"Our partnership with Amazon for Under the Dome helped build a
creative, financial and marketing model for event television in the
summer," said Scott Koondel, Chief Corporate Licensing Officer, CBS
Corporation. "We look forward to using the same model for Extant,
a series whose creative auspices, on-screen talent and intriguing
concept is already generating great excitement."
"We received very positive feedback from Prime members about this
summer's exclusive access to Under the Dome," said Brad Beale,
Director of Content Acquisition for Digital Video at Amazon. "Customers
loved being able to watch the show just days after it aired as well as
catching up on previous episodes. We are thrilled to offer Prime members
this access for Extant, another exciting new show from CBS."
Extant is a co-production of CBS Television Studios and Amblin
Television. Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, Mickey Fisher, who wrote the
script, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank will serve as
executive producers. Halle Berry will serve as co-executive producer.
The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television
Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.
About Amazon Instant Video
Amazon Instant Video is a digital video streaming and download service
that offers Amazon customers the ability to rent, purchase or subscribe
to a huge catalog of videos. Customers can choose from more than 150,000
titles to purchase or rent-movies range from new releases to classic
favorites, and Amazon Instant Video offers major television shows,
entire seasons, or even day after air TV. Prime Instant Video is
Amazon's video subscription offer-it includes tens of thousands of
movies and TV episodes selected from the full assortment available at
Amazon Instant Video.
Amazon.com, Inc.�(NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in�Seattle,
opened on the World Wde Web in�July 1995�and today offers Earth's
Biggest Selection.�Amazon.com, Inc.�seeks to be Earth's most
customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything
they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the
lowest possible prices.�Amazon.com�and other sellers offer millions of
unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books;
Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home
& Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health &
Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web
Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access to
in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end
technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any
type of business. Kindle Paperwhite is the world's best-selling and most
advanced e-reader. It features new display technology with higher
contrast, the next generation built-in light, a faster processor, the
latest touch technology, and exclusive new features designed from the
ground up for readers. Kindle, the lightest and smallest Kindle,
features improved fonts and faster page turns. The new Kindle Fire HDX
features a stunning exclusive 7" or 8.9" HDX display, a quad-core 2.2
GHz processor, 2x more memory, and 11 hours of battery life, as well as
exclusive new features of Fire OS 3.0 including X-Ray for Music, Second
Screen, Prime Instant Video downloads, and the revolutionary new Mayday
button. The all-new Kindle Fire HD includes an HD display,
high-performance processor and dual speakers at a breakthrough price.
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include�Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context
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and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect
Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with
the�Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual
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About CBS Corporation
CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that
creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of
platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with
origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as
new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the
most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world's
largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand - "the Eye"
- one of the most recognized in business. The Company's operations span
virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable,
publishing, radio, local TV, film, outdoor advertising, and interactive
and socially responsible media. CBS's businesses include CBS Television
Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner
Bros. Entertainment), Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, TVGN (a
joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian
Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio, CBS
Outdoor, CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group (CBS
Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), CBS Interactive,
CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Films and CBS
EcoMedia. For more information, go to www.cbscorporation.com.
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