CBS Corp., Cablevision Renew Carriage, Retransmission Deals

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The companies agreed on carriage agreements for CBS-owned TV stations and cable networks Showtime, Smithsonian Channel and CBS Sports Network.

Cablevision Systems and CBS Corp. said Wednesday that they have renewed their content carriage agreements covering retransmission consent for CBS-owned TV stations and continued carriage of cable networks Showtime, Smithsonian Channel and CBS Sports Network.
While the majority of Cablevision subscribers are in the New York tri-state market served by WCBS, Cablevision customers in the Philadelphia and Denver markets are also covered, they said. 

Financial and other terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

CBS Corp., led by CEO Leslie Moonves, and Cablevision, led by CEO Jim Dolan, reached the new carriage agreements without any programming blackouts seen in recent retrans and network carriage negotiations.

“Cablevision is a cornerstone partner in our flagship market," said Martin Franks, executive vp for planning, policy and government relations at CBS Corp. "By recognizing the value of our content, this agreement assures the audiences we share with Cablevision will continue to be able to enjoy programming ranging from The Big Bang Theory to NCIS, 60 Minutes to the NFL, Homeland to Dexter, to Smithsonian Channel’s award-winning programs and Jim Rome."
“This broad agreement will ensure that Cablevision customers will continue to have access to the CBS programming they already enjoy, across a range of networks, as well as new services Cablevision will launch in the coming months, including Showtime Anytime and CBS primetime shows on demand,” said Mac Budill, Cablevision’s executive vp of programming.


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