NCIS over the past few years has earned the distinction of being one of the most-watched shows all over the world. With their latest move, CBS is showing that they want to find a way to hold onto that title for a little bit longer.
According to a new report from Deadline, CBS Studios International has struck a deal with U-Next, a streaming provider in Japan, in order to offer up much of their library of content — this includes such popular shows like NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Hawaii Five-0, Elementary, and many others. Why does this matter for the average American viewer? The answer is fairly simple: It’s another platform in which CBS can make money on these shows. It’s also further justification as to why a series like Elementary, even with poor live ratings, can stay on the air. It seems as though there is always still an audience out there for it globally and that just means that CBS can make a little bit of money elsewhere.
In a statement confirming this news, U-Next CEO Tenshin Tsutsumi had the following to say about getting this deal done:
“As one of the largest domestic digital entertainment companies in Japan, U-Next has an impressive 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 … Our goal is to continue to expand our relationship with CBS in the future, bringing cutting edge programming to our customers.”
If you’re a fan of any of these shows mentioned, streaming deals like these help to further ensure that they may not be going anywhere in the immediate future. Shows that sell internationally are often either A) ones that have been around for a while and have some familiarity because of that or B) ones featuring preexisting characters who are popular in either a real-life or fictionalized way. Sherlock Holmes in particular is a universal figure that is loved no matter where you are in the world.
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