LOS ANGELES & TOKYO – CBS Studios International has announced a multi-series, multi-year content licensing agreement with one of Japan’s largest SVOD platforms, U-Next. The agreement is the first of its kind between the two companies.


U-Next subscribers will have access to over 1300 episodes of current and past programming from CBS Television Studios, including the NCIS franchise (NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans), Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, The Good Wife and for the first time in Japan, Reign.


Since U-Next launched in 2007 it has rapidly become one of the top SVOD platforms in the market, with the largest catalogue of programming across all of the on-demand services in Japan.


“CBS’s broad, mass appeal programming is perfectly suited to a market like Japan, where there is a huge appetite for consuming content across many different devices and platforms,” said Barry Chamberlain, President of Sales, CBS Studios International. “This is our first deal with U-Next and we look forward to building on the relationship in the future.”


“As one of the largest domestic digital entertainment companies in Japan, U-Next has the reach and ability to make a mark on the Japanese entertainment industry. We are constantly striving to push the boundaries of the Japanese market, something that we feel CBS programming provides,” said Tenshin Tsutsumi, CEO of U-Next Japan.