CBS, Charter see Eye-to-eye on carriage rates


CBSA long term deal locking in retransmission consent fees for CBS O&O television stations and key cable channels has been inked with cable MSO Charter Communications. Online and on-demand content is part of the deal.

The cable content includes Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel, and plans to offer prime time programming from CBS Television Network on-demand are in the works.

As is standard operating procedure for such agreements, terms were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to have reached this comprehensive renewal agreement that recognizes the value our stations and our cable channels bring to Charter and to the audiences we share,” said Martin Franks, Executive Vice President for Planning, Policy and Government Relations, CBS Corporation.

Allan Singer, Charter’s Senior Vice President, Programming said, “With this agreement, Charter customers can count on us to continue to deliver popular shows and movies from CBS Corporation, and we are especially pleased that the expanded agreement includes CBS Primetime VOD and SHOWTIME ANYTIME throughout our entire footprint. Charter is pleased to start 2013 having successfully concluded this enhanced programming agreement.”

RBR-TVBR observation: Log another peaceful, stress-free compensation negotiation into the books. It won’t make headlines because unlike the noisy, contentious squabbles that lead to a service disruption, this kind of deal is business as usual, and normal events do not make headlines in the mainstream press.