Hulu bows in Japan with CBS shows

Eye sets first deal with Internet vid giant at its launch in Japan

Hulu formally bowed its subscription service in Japan on Thursday, unveiling a library licensing pact with CBS as part of the launch announcement.

Pact marks the first time the Eye has done any business with the Internet vid giant. Deal gives the Japanese service rights to past seasons of its three “CSI” dramas as well “NCIS” and CW’s “90210.” Also included are vintage skeins including “Twin Peaks” and “Star Trek.”

Hulu said the menu of programming in Japan will encompass shows and feature films from NBCUniversal International Television Distribution, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Disney and Warner Bros.

Hulu is charging about $19 a month in Japan for streaming to PCs and tablets as well as a range of mobile devices. At the outset it is offering subscribers a free trial month.

Hulu has vowed to expand to other international markets in the near future.

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