Netflix and CBS have struck a deal which gives the streaming service exclusive online broadcasting rights to the upcoming Sci-Fi series Zoo. The 13 episode run of the show which is based on the James Patterson bestselling novel, will broadcast in summer 2015.
Netflix then have the rights to stream the full season for US subscribers straight after the season finishes on CBS, but unlike similar deals, they have to wait until the full season has aired. A similar deal by Amazon with CBS to stream Under the Dome, allows them to stream each episode on the Prime Instant Video service just a few days after airing.
Zoo is a science fiction story about a spate of violent animal attacks against humans all over the world. A young biologist sets out to find out why and how this is happening before the humans and animals are all killed off.
Speaking for CBS, chief corporate licensing officer, Scott Koondel said, “We’re excited to expand our relationship with Netflix as our premium subscription partner on Zoo. This is another creative model to build a summer programming event on CBS and deliver Netflix members an addictive thrill ride series based on a story by one of the world’s biggest authors.”
Speaking for Netflix, vice-president of content licensing, Sean Carey said, “Zoo is just the kind of smart, gripping and shocking series that Netflix members love. We are delighted to be offering all episodes to our U.S. members immediately after its airing on CBS.”