CBS has reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable (TWC) following a month-long fee dispute. The disagreement left three million TWC customers without access to CBS programming, and the network blocked anyone with TWC broadband internet from watching episodes on the CBS website. The terms of the deal were not revealed, but the agreement ensures that CBS viewers using the cable provider will be able to watch new episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Minds, NCIS, and NCIS: Los Angeles when the fall season starts later this month.
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CBS posted a recap of last season’s finale and a preview of what will happen when CSI: Crime Scene Investigation returns for season 14 this fall. (Spoilers after the jump!)
According to Digital TV Research, all three members of the CSI franchise were among the top five most-valuable imported drama series in Europe during 2012. NCIS was the number one programme, generating $205 million for European broadcasters. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation came in second with $188 million, followed by CSI: Miami with $168.4 million. Criminal Minds was fourth ($161.8 million), and CSI: New York earned fifth place with $124.6 million. Out of the top five, all but Criminal Minds are distributed by CBS Studios International (CBSSI); in total, CBSSI was Europe’s highest ranking distributor in 2012, generating $926 million from all of the imported drama series that are listed in the top 100.
CBS and Netflix have signed an extended licensing agreement for content in the United States, and CSI: New York is one of the shows that is now available for instant streaming under the new deal. Netflix customers can check out the first eight seasons of CSI: NY here, and all ten seasons of CSI: Miami are also available for streaming here.
CBS announced the 2013-2014 premiere dates, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will kick off season 14 on Wednesday, September 25 at 10:00pm ET/PT.
CBS previously announced that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will return for a fourteenth season this fall, and today the network picked up more shows for another year. This brings the total number of CBS renewals up to 18, but CSI: New York is one of several series whose futures remain up in the air. Fans may not find out about the show’s fate until the CBS upfront presentation in May.
CBS announced the launch of the new CBS App for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The free app allows users to stream full episodes of CBS programming; primetime episodes will be available eight days after the original broadcast, while daytime and late night programming will be available within 24 hours. “Our online viewers not only want to watch their favorite shows on multiple devices, they want deeper engagement with the programs they love,” said CBS Interactive President Jim Lanzone. “The new CBS App gives them the best of both worlds, letting people watch CBS shows on the best screen available for them, with a host of extra features that give them a richer viewing experience whenever and wherever they tune in.”
The network also announced plans to introduce similar streaming apps later this year, which would be available for users on all major mobile and tablet platforms, including Android and Windows 8. For more information, visit CBS Press Express.
CBS released a schedule of season finale air dates, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’s thirteenth season will come to a close on Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00pm ET/PT.
The entertainment finance firm Content Partners LLC has acquired a fifty-percent interest in the CSI franchise from an affiliate of Goldman Sachs. This makes Content Partners an equal stakeholder, with CBS Corporation owning the other fifty-percent interest in the franchise. This type of transaction provides the sellers with liquid assets; in exchange, Content Partners now owns half of the future production company revenue from old and new episodes of all three series.
CSI Files previously reported that CBS would fill CSI: New York’s Friday 9:00pm ET/PT timeslot with the new crime drama Golden Boy. However, the network has decided to switch things up, and Golden Boy will return to Tuesdays at 10:00pm ET/PT starting next week. CBS will shift the freshman drama Vegas to the Friday 9:00pm ET/PT slot on April 5, following the network’s coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.
Source: The Futon Critic
CSI Files previously reported that the current ninth season of CSI: New York would contain 18 episodes. However, according to Matt Mitovich at TV Line, that number was never officially verified, and the finale that airs on February 22 will be the seventeenth episode of the season. Executive Producer Zachary Reiter confirmed the episode number on Twitter.
CBS has unveiled its midseason schedule, which reveals that the ninth season of CSI: New York will come to an early close when the finale airs on Friday, February 22. The new police drama Golden Boy will take over the Friday 9:00pm ET/PT timeslot on March 8, following two special previews on Tuesday, February 26 (10:00pm ET/PT) and Tuesday, March 5 (10:00pm ET/PT).