CBS, DISH reach carriage agreement
December 8, 2014
CBS and DISH Network have reached a multi-year agreement for carriage of CBS owned stations across the US, as well as CBS Sports Network, Smithsonian Channel, TVGN and Showtime Networks, which includes Showtime TV Everywhere and VoD rights.
“We are very pleased with this deal, which meets all of our economic and strategic objectives,” said Ray Hopkins, President, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation. “We look forward to having DISH as a valued partner for many years to come.”
“We are pleased to continue delivering CBS programming to our customers, while expanding their digital access to Showtime content through Showtime Anytime,” said Warren Schlichting, DISH Senior Vice President, Programming.
Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. The agreement includes retransmission consent for CBS owned stations on DISH in New York (WCBS and WLNY), Los Angeles (KCBS and KCAL), San Francisco (KPIX and KBCW), Dallas (KTVT and KTXA), Denver (KCNC), Boston (WBZ and WSBK), Chicago (WBBM), Pittsburgh (KDKA and WPCW), Atlanta (WUPA), Baltimore (WJZ), Detroit (WWJ and WKBD), Miami (WFOR and WBFS), Minneapolis (WCCO), Philadelphia (KYW and WPSG), Sacramento (KOVR and KMAX), Seattle (KSTW) and Tampa (WTOG). The agreement also grants DISH rights to Showtime VoD content and authentication rights for Showtime Anytime, and includes a path to over-the-top distribution of Showtime Networks.
The agreement will result in dismissal of all pending litigation between the two companies, including disputes over PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop. As part of the accord, DISH’s AutoHop commercial-skipping functionality will not be available for CBS Television Network-owned stations and affiliates during the C7 window.