Five to offer CSI in exclusive online deal

Five is to offer UK viewers shows from the hugely popular CSI: Crime Scene Investigation stable online as part of its forthcoming video-on-demand service. Five agreed an exclusive online deal with CSI producer Alliance Atlantis. CSI shows will also form the centrepiece of Five's new digital TV channel, Five US, announced last month.

Five CEO Jane Lighting said: "I'm delighted that the 'CSI' franchise will be part of our new digital services, this deal further cements Five's reputation as the home of the very best in US drama and comedy.

"It's also very exciting that we've been able to launch our first VOD service by offering UK viewers the chance to purchase online their favourite American series."

RTL Group-owned Five is also due to launch a second digital TV channel, Five Life, in the autumn. Both channels will be free-to-air and will launch on the Freeview platform.

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