Just one day after NBC announced its decision to stream classic shows on its Web sites, CBS announced that it will also be offering a number of classic show titles from its library available on CBS.com and across the CBS Audience Network.
CBS plans to syndicated the classic episodes while NBC's streaming operations will be centered on niche genre sites such as ChillerTV, SciFi.com, and NBC's own site, HULU.com.
"CBS' commitment and ability to move quickly and aggressively to monetize and distribute content online is awesome," CBS Interactive president Quincy Smith said in a statement. "With offerings in entertainment, news and sports, this is about solving for what the user wants and staying focused around CBS content. Furthermore, meshing this content with the interactivity of the Web allows for more comprehensive experiences around each show — not simply a broadcast model."
The initial lineup for CBS will include ad-supported full episodes of Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Macgyver, Hawaii Five-O and Melrose Place.
For NBC, the lineup includes: "The A-Team"; "Emergency"; "Night Gallery"; "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour"; "Miami Vice"; "Battlestar Galactica" (1978); and "Buck Rogers."
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