CSI is finally heading to an SVOD service.
Streaming service Hulu has acquired the exclusive subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) rights to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation after agreeing a deal with CBS Corporation, TVWise has learned.
Per the terms of the multi-year deal, CSI will be made available to subscribers on Hulu Plus staring this April, when the first fourteen seasons – totalling more than 300 episodes – will go live. Hulu also said that they would add “full libraries of past seasons ahead of future series premieres”.
“CSI is one of the most popular television franchises in the world and we could not be more thrilled to make all episodes available to Hulu subscribers,” said Craig Erwich, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Hulu. “This deal not only represents a huge growth in our offering of premium content, but it also represents an expansion in our partnership with CBS. We look forward to working with CBS to continue making some of the best shows on television available for viewers to stream on more screens in the future.”
The agreement between CBS and Hulu – which marks the first time that the original CSI has been licensed to an SVOD service – comes as the future of the Las Vegas set procedural is hanging in the balance. CSI is firmly on the bubble this year; after all CBS cut the show’s episode order this season, several original cast members have left the show of late and CSI’s ratings have been slipping for the past few years.
In the past a lucrative SVOD deal such as this has extended the life of a bubble series, but will it do so this time? Given that CSI has been a multi-billion dollar franchise, CBS is expected to give it a send-off of some sort, perhaps in the form of a shortened final season.