And soon CBS News archive, one of the great treasures of news content in the world, will make selected segments available on customized DVDs through a unique agreement CBS News has signed with Amazon.com and its subsidiary, CustomFlix. The deal was announced July 14, 2006, by Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports.
Containing millions of feet of film and over 2 million videocassettes, the CBS News archive is one of the world's largest repositories of news content and historical footage.
A virtual video history of the world from the mid-20th Century on, the archive includes some of the best reporting and footage from World War II, the Cold War, the Kennedy assassinations, the Civil Rights movement, the space program — including the 1969 moon landing — the Vietnam War, Middle East conflicts, the 9/11 attacks and every important news event in between.
The archive also contains news segments produced by 60 Minutes — the most watched and respected television news magazine in history.
"This arrangement provides us a way to make thousands of hours of CBS News content accessible to millions of Amazon.com customers on DVD," McManus said. "The service is another way to fulfill our goal of making CBS News content easily accessible to the public."
"CBS News programming is a natural fit for the CustomFlix Create Your Own DVD service," said Dana LoPiccolo-Giles, co-founder and managing director of CustomFlix. "We understand that many customers want the flexibility of picking and choosing CBS News content in a collectible format and customized DVDs are a perfect solution. Through the CustomFlix Create Your Own DVD service, customers can select the specific news they want and then CustomFlix builds a customized DVD containing just that content."
Amazon.com customers can order segments of daily or weekly news broadcasts and compilations on Amazon.com, or choose to assemble their own compilations from thousands of news segments through the CustomFlix Create Your Own DVD service. Customers can also order single reports or customized discs of CBS News programming on CBSNews.com.
CBS News programming now available for purchase includes:
The DVDs created by the CustomFlix Create Your Own DVD system have uniquely customized artwork, are professionally packaged with full-color DVD faces and covers in over-wrapped amaray-style cases, and can contain up to 10 news segments or 90 minutes of video.
CBS News content can be purchased on www.amazon.com/60minutes or www.CustomFlix.com/60minutes beginning July 14.