Amongst the news that CBS will buy TEN there was the excitement that CBS All Access will launch in Australia.
In the US the streaming platform is the exclusive home to The Good Fight and the upcoming Star Trek: Discover. The Good Fight is already with SBS in Australia and Netflix has the run of show rights for Star Trek: Discovery.
We can expect both to premiere with SBS and Netflix, respectively.
Whether they are added to CBS All Access at some point after each platform remains to be seen. Amazon’s Transparent, for instance, continues to debut with Stan in Australia. But since Amazon Prime Video has now landed down under, it also screens the show after Stan’s exclusivity period expires (trivia: Amazon once announced a show as debuting before realising Stan still had exclusivity).
The bigger question for Stan, apart from yet more streaming competitors, surrounds their deal with the CBS-owned Showtime.
Stan paid big bucks for an exclusive Showtime output deal in early 2016, upending a Foxtel deal. That has seen it nab Twin Peaks, Billions, White Famous, I’m Dying Up Here, Dice, amongst others, plus library titles.
Updated: Stan CEO Mike Sneesby said the relationship with CBS was strong and Stan would remain the home of Showtime in Australia.
“Our Showtime output deal is nowhere near the expiry date with years to run. It is certainly something that is not on the radar or near renegotiation period.
“The CBS component of our Showtime output deal also remains unchanged including content where we have exclusive rights,” he said.
“CBS is a powerhouse that will be great for the Free to Air industry. Through their diversified portfolio of Showtime and other content investments Stan has really backed a winner.”
An earlier report suggesting the deal would expire next year was incorrect.