CBS’s ‘CSI’ & ‘Survivor’ now available on Apple’s iTunes Store

CBS Corporation and Apple today announced that prime time programming from America’s number one network is now available on the iTunes Music Store.

The CBS Television Network programming available for purchase and download includes the Emmy Award-winning reality series “Survivor,” the popular dramas “NUMB3RS” and “NCIS” and top-rated CSI programs: “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami,” and “CSI: NY.” iTunes now offers over 100 TV shows for $1.99 per episode for viewing on a computer or iPod(R), and is the world’s most popular online video store with over 30 million videos sold.

“We’re bringing popular and acclaimed programs from the most watched television network — including ‘CSI’ and ‘Survivor’ — to iTunes,” said Larry Kramer, president, CBS Digital Media, in the press release. “iTunes has proven that people enjoy viewing shows on their computer or iPod, which provides an opportunity to reach new audiences with our hit shows and gives our existing viewers a chance to catch up on missed episodes.”

“We’re thrilled to bring award-winning shows from CBS to the iTunes Music Store,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes, in the release. “We think viewers are going to love being able to download their favorite episodes of hits such as ‘CSI’ and ‘Survivor’ for viewing on their computer or iPod.”

The new CBS offerings include episodes from the just-completed 2005/2006 season, and earlier for some series, as well as the upcoming season which starts in September. New episodes in the fall will be available on iTunes the day after they appear on the network. Earlier this year, CBS Sports made the 2006 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament available on iTunes, and Showtime, which is a division of CBS Corporation, brought iTunes customers two of their most popular series: “Sleeper Cell” and “Weeds.”

Click here to launch iTunes to Survivor.
Click here to launch iTunes to CSI.

MacDailyNews Take: These are major additions to Apple’s iTunes Store’s TV Shows library.

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9 Comments

  1. If I was a TV company and I was making my stuff available for download – which CBS has been doing – I would make it available on as many services as possible. I would say especially so on reality tv shows like Survivor since they have more limited value in terms of both repeats and resale for dvd and so on, so accordingly any download sales are not going to potentially canibalise other sales to anywhere near the extent as downloads of other shows could.

    Now I’m of the opinion that downloads are the way to go in the long run, but I do see the side of the broadcasters who are worried about the shift in viewing habits and changes in revenue sources. With reality shows though, from a commercial point of view I would get them for sale everywhere I could and get as much money out of them as quickly as possible before people got bored of them.

    As such I think this is a great move for all parties and about time.

  2. This is Apple related, and thus Mac related, but maybe you could put it with the rest of the fluff in the Entertainment and Sports section?

    Jeff is correct. While I don’t care what Apple provides in Europe, there are a number of BBC shows I’d love to be able to grab up. Not that Dr. Who on the SciFi channel isn’t wonderful, but there are a few detective series (for me) and costume drama/romances (for my wife) that would be sweet. My wife’s best buddy spends half her time near Boston and the other half in Brighton – she misses her East-Enders (or some such).

  3. Guess that Google thing wasn’t working out for them, huh? Gee, I can’t imagine why — Google’s marketing and distribution are par excellence! Sorry, I’m feeling sarcastic today.

    Seriously, Google Video is a joke.

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