By Dow Jones Business News, September 12, 2013, 02:14:00 PM EDT
By Nathalie Tadena
CBS Corp. ( CBS ) and Amazon.com Inc. ( AMZN ) have renewed their content licensing agreement for the second season of
CBS's series "Under the Dome," which was the most-watched series of the summer across broadcast and cable.
Under the agreement, Amazon's Prime video-streaming service will remain the exclusive online subscription home for the
show. Amazon Prime members will have unlimited streaming of all the series' episodes four days after their initial
broadcast on CBS and will be able to access them on devices like the Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku,
Xbox 360, PlayStation3 and the Wii U gaming console. "Under the Dome" episodes will also be available for purchase and
download exclusively on Amazon Instant Video.
The CBS series is based on a Stephen King novel of the same name and will be produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin
Television. Amazon and CBS first unveiled the licensing deal in February. The show premiered in June and will return for
a second season next summer.
The companies said "Under the Dome" was also the No. 1 brodcast series in adults between 18 years and 49 years old and
adults in the 25 to 54-year age group. On Amazon, the series' first episode was the most-watched TV premiere in the
history of Prime Instant Video, and the show was watched by more customers of the service than any other series this
At a Bank of America conference in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves said the "Under the
Dome" agreement with Amazon was a "brand new type of deal" and called the series a "win across the board."
CBS has made efforts to reduce its reliance on advertising, by licensing content to online outlets such as Amazon and
Netflix Inc. (NFLX) as well as seeking more money from pay-TV operators for the right to carry its signal.
Meanwhile, Amazon has been making huge investments to secure its future--including expanding its Prime video-streaming
CBS shares were up 1.8% to $55.50 in recent trading, while Amazon shares were up by 18 cents to $299.82.
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