The Amazon owned streaming service LOVEFiLM has closed a deal with CBS Studios International to acquire the exclusive UK streaming rights to CBS’ drama series Under The Dome, TVWise has learned. Per the terms of this agreement with CBSSI, LOVEFiLM will make episodes of Under The Dome available to their subscribers from June 2014.
Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, Under The Dome tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent dome. The drama series, which has an order for 13 episodes, is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and stars Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, Nicholas Strong, Jolene Purdy and Aisha Hinds. The series, which pulled in nearly 20 million viewers for its premiere state-side on CBS, was recently renewed for a 13 episode second season.
“We are absolutely thrilled to add such a quality show with so much pedigree to our already extensive collection of great TV series”, said Chris Bird, Director of Content Strategy at LOVEFiLM. “Under the Dome is the latest in a line of new and exciting shows that can be found on our streaming service.”
While Armando Nuñez, President and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group, added: “This agreement illustrates the growing opportunities around the world to create additive and complementary ways to monetize our content. We think this event series with addictive, serialized storytelling will have great appeal to subscribers of LOVEFiLM’s terrific service.”
This deal with CBS Studios International follows on from a similar deal with Fox International Channels which gave LOVEFiLM the exclusive UK streaming rights to AMC’s The Walking Dead. It also marks CBS Studios International’s second UK sale for Under The Dome, with the international distributor having previously inked a deal with Channel 5, who are currently airing the series. It also follows on from parent company Amazon’s deal with CBS which gave the company the rights to stream episodes of Under The Dome on Amazon Prime Video following their initial broadcast on CBS.