Netflix Watch Instantly Adds Tons Of Classic CBS Content

Coming on the heels of Hulu’s game changing announcement that they have teamed with The Criterion Collectionto ultimately bring Hulu Plus users over 800 streaming films, Netflix have announced a partnership that may lack in numbers, but not in quality.

The company has announced that they have inked a deal with CBS that, beginning in early April, will bring users dozens of shows from the CBS ranks including Medium, Flashpoint, Fraiser, Family Ties, Star Trek, and even the beloved cult David Lynch TV series, Twin Peaks.

Along with episodes of classic shows like The Twilight Zone and The Andy Griffith Show, this deal is one that may not be quite as expansive as the Hulu / Criterion deal, but it does offer quite a bit for users.

Personally, I’m most excited about the additions of classic shows like Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, franchises that I’m admittedly not all that studied in.   This deal includes all generations of the former, so there is quite a bit of meat to this relatively solid deal.

Overall, this is definitely one hell of a great venture for Netflix.   These are worthwhile additions, that will apparently be showing up relatively soon.   What are you most excited to see added from this deal?

Source: Netflix

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  • Um…. Twin Peaks was broadcast on ABC. I know, ’cause I still have the VHS cassettes I used to record the entire series. (Though I watch the Blu-rays now.)

    Those cassettes also document the onset of the first war in Iraq. Very strange.

    And if I remember correctly, Star Trek originally aired on NBC. I’m not sure why you’re crediting CBS with all these shows.

  • This is from Wikipedia, regarding Twin Peaks:

    “The release of Season Two was complicated by the sale of Spelling Entertainment (which included both Republic Pictures, and the predecessor company, Worldvision Enterprises, the series’ former distributor)–and later the transition of video rights–to Paramount Pictures|Paramount/Viacom in 1998; and the 2006 split of Viacom into two separate companies; this saw the rights go to CBS Corporation/CBS Studios.”

  • Yeah, the show may have aired on different channels, but the rights are owned by CBS. TV is a weird thing. Look at something like Criminal Minds. A show produced by ABC, that airs on CBS. It’s all really wonky.

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