CBS content finally breaking free, arriving on Hulu Plus this January

Hulu Plus subscribers got a classic dose of "we've got some good news and some bad news" from Hulu yesterday when the company joined CBS in announcing that CBS content was finally making it's way to the Hulu platform. That's the good news: starting in January 2013 Hulu Plus subscribers will get over 2,600 new pieces of content from CBS.

The bad news? This is all older content, with the announcement calling out Medium (canceled in 2011), Numb3rs (canceled 2010) and CSI: Miami (canceled earilier this year). Now none of these shows were failures; they all enjoyed a pretty good run. But you won't be cord cutting thanks to the new CBS/Hulu deal since you're apparently not going to be able to tune into The Big Bang Theory on Hulu any time soon and let's face it, we all need our weekly dose of Sheldon, Leonard, Penny and the rest of the gang.

For fans of older TV, Hulu will also be getting I Love Lucy, The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. Good geek fodder there; I spent my formative years watching a one-two punch of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek via re-runs on WPIX out of NYC. Those shows made me what I am today!

For more current events, you'll be able to catch clips from Entertainment Tonight on the day they're broadcast. Baby steps for CBS I guess. Let's hope they're happy enough with the results of the Hulu partnership to consider rolling more current shows into the deal.

If you're not a Hulu Plus subscriber, don't fret. Some of the shows will be rotated through the free Hulu service as well.

And as long as we're on the subject of Hulu, I'm a bit late to the party in reporting this, but Hulu launched a Hulu Plus app for Windows 8 alongside the launch of Microsoft's new OS. You can snag it from the Windows Store and get a 1-week free trial to check it out.

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