CBS, Cablevision come to retransmission terms


CBSAnother retransmission consent agreement has been reached before most people were likely even aware a negotiation was in progress. The primary accomplishment this time is uninterrupted programming from CBS for viewers in the New York City DMA.

CBS owned-and-operated television stations are the primary focus of the agreement, and the primary station involved is WCBS.

The deal also guarantees continued reception to Cablevision subscribers in the Philadelphia and Denver DMAs.

Also included in the deal is cable programming from CBS, including Showtime, Smithsonian Channel and CBS Sports Network.

CBS EVP Martin Franks stated, “Cablevision is a cornerstone partner in our flagship market.  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 prime time shows on demand,” said Cablevision’s Mac Budill.

Terms of the agreement, as usual, were kept under wraps.