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06.04.2008

YAHOO! JOINS THE CBS AUDIENCE NETWORK

With Yahoo, CBS Audience Network Now Boasts an Unduplicated U.S. Online
Reach of 92%

  

CBS Content Joins NBC and FOX on Yahoo! TV

  

#1 Online TV Site Gains Access to the Largest Online Television Catalog Available by a Broadcast Television Network

 

NEW YORK,  June 4 - CBS Interactive announced today that it has forged an agreement with Yahoo! making Yahoo! the newest distribution partner of the CBS Audience Network. As part of the arrangement, Yahoo! TV will gain access to CBS's extensive online catalog of entertainment content, which boasts more full episodes and hours of network programming than any other broadcast television network. The CBS content will be added to Yahoo!'s programming lineup which also includes programming from NBC, Fox and more than 15 cable networks.

The addition of Yahoo!'s millions of users significantly broadens the already vast online reach of the CBS Audience Network. When adding Yahoo! users to those of the 300 + active partnering video sites currently making up the CBS Audience Network, the unduplicated total reach is 92% of the U.S.-based Web audience. For information on the CBS Audience Network visit http://www.cbsaudiencenetwork.com/.

"This announcement underscores the value of CBS's open, non-exclusive, multi-partnership strategy for distributing our content online," said Anthony Soohoo, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Entertainment, CBS Interactive. "We are delighted to add Yahoo! to the Audience Network, not only because of their reach, but also because they offer a great user experience for CBS content. This is a win-win in that it bolsters the distribution of CBS content while giving Yahoo! users access to programming that has proven to be among the most popular professional content online."

"As the #1 online TV site, Yahoo! TV is committed to offering our users the most comprehensive television experience on the Internet," said Karin Gilford, Vice President of Entertainment and Lifestyles, Yahoo!.  "The partnership with CBS significantly expands our video offerings and provides our users with a consistent and best-in-class viewing experience. It's all part of our strategy to become the starting point for the most consumers on the Web."

As part of the agreement, Yahoo! will host and stream CBS's entertainment content free to consumers in an ad-supported fashion. CBS content has proven to be among the most popular, engaging and widely distributed professional content found online. 

                  

This agreement expands the relationship between Yahoo! and CBS; Yahoo! News  currently showcases CBS's 60 MINUTES brand with specially-produced segments and content.  The CBS Stations Group also provides local news and sports videos to Yahoo! from 16 of CBS's owned stations.

 

The more than 300 active video sites currently making up the CBS Audience Network include partners such as AOL, Microsoft, CNET Networks, Fancast, Joost, Bebo, Adobe, Netvibes, Sling Media and Veoh and social application partners including Automattic, Brightcove, Clearspring, DAVE Networks, Goowy Media, meebo, MeeVee, Musestorm, Ning, RockYou!, Slide, VideoEgg, Voxant and vSocial as well as Web sites from CBS's owned television, radio, and affiliated stations.  The growing slate of CBS entertainment, news and sports content available includes a roster of full episodes, clips and highlights based on CBS and Showtime programming as well as original made-for-the-web content from EyeLab, a programming unit that produces and distributes short form video to the CBS Audience Network.  To get a snapshot of the CBS Audience Network is, who the partners are and what content is available visit http://www.cbsaudiencenetwork.com/.

 

About CBS Interactive and the CBS Audience Network
CBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS), oversees all CBS consumer Interactive properties including CBS.com, CBSSports.com, CBSNews.com, CBS Mobile, CBS EyeLab, Last.fm and Wallstrip and the CBS Audience Network. Aiming to be the most widely distributed professional content on the web, the CBS Audience Network complements the best news, entertainment and sports content with original programming and short-form content and provides an all-embracing opportunity for users to incorporate CBS clips into their profiles, websites, blogs, widgets, wikis and community pages. . 

AboutYahoo!
Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo! is focused on powering its communities of users, advertisers, publishers, and developers by creating indispensable experiences built on trust. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit pressroom.yahoo.com.

  

CBS Contacts:

 

Shannon Jacobs                       212-975-3161                          sljacobs@cbs.com

 

Katie Gunion                           212-975-8009                          katie.gunion@cbs.com 

 

Yahoo! Contacts:                     310-907-3774                         carried@yahoo-inc.com

 

Press:

Shannon Jacobs
212-975-3161
sljacobs@cbs.com