Amazon ‘Prime’ Members Get Free Streaming CBS Shows

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As Netflix’s price rise continues to cause grumbling amongst subscribers, is Amazon about to try and become the new hub for Video on Demand content? The online giant today announced a new deal with CBS Corp. that makes 2,000 episodes of 18 different series – including Star Trek, Cheers and The Tudors – freely available to Amazon Prime subscribers, as well as making the shows available to buy or rent (later this summer) for Amazon Instant Video users.

Details of the deal are being kept under wraps, but analysts believe that the agreement is worth over $100 million, will last around 18 months, and that it is part of a larger scheme to build out Amazon Prime’s streaming options.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos described the deal as making Amazon Prime “even better for customers,” going on to add, “We’re excited to add thousands of popular CBS programs to our already great selection.”

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Graeme McMillan is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @Graemem or on Facebook at Facebook/Graeme.McMillan. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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