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Although the agreement between CBS (NYSE: CBS) Corp.’s Showtime network and Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) is set to expire this summer, CEO Les Moonves said the two companies are in talks to expand the deal internationally, particularly into Latin America. While Moonves described himself as happy with the current arrangement with the DVD and streaming video rental service, he’s also interested in exploring similar deals with other companies.
When it comes to streaming previous season’s programming, Moonves says companies are practically lining up around the block. “When you have premium content like we have, it’s natural that everyone wants to access it,” he said during the Q&A portion of the earnings call. “Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is also interested in content. When you look at Netflix, we’re happy to be in business with them, but they’re not the only player. Hey, I don’t believe The Dish Network (NSDQ: DISH) bought Blockbuster (NYSE: BBI) so they could have a bunch of stores. We say, the more the merrier.”
Of course, Moonves wasn’t going to get away without a call about whether Two and Half Men would be back with or without Charlie Sheen. “Warner Bros. (NYSE: TWX) is exploring ways of doing the show, so we’re waiting on them,” Moonves said. “But we’re not dependent on any one show.”