CBS signs retrans deal with Cablevision


Cablevision and CBS Corporation jointly announced agreement on a new retransmission consent agreement covering Cablevision’s three million subscribers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Terms, of course, are not being disclosed, although inquiring minds would love to know how much more CBS managed to get for retrans of its O&Os in New York and Philadelphia.

The companies said the agreement is a “comprehensive content carriage agreement” under which Cablevision will continue to carry CBS programming and offer Showtime Networks’ programming to Cablevision subscribers in the three states. In the New York metropolitan market, Cablevision will continue to carry WCBS-TV (CBS). Its customers in central and southern New Jersey will receive Philadelphia’s KYW-TV (CBS) and WPSG-TV (CW).

In addition, the agreement provides for continued carriage of CBS College Sports Network. The Smithsonian Channel, which offers viewers original programming highlighting America’s historical, cultural and scientific heritage, will be added to Comcast’s iO Gold digital premium package.

“We are extremely pleased to enter into this comprehensive carriage agreement with Cablevision. It assures that Cablevision’s customers will continue to enjoy CBS and Showtime content for years to come,” said CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves.

“Cablevision is happy with the outcome of this agreement and we look forward to an expanded relationship with the CBS Corporation,” said Tom Rutledge, Chief Operating Officer, Cablevision Systems Corp.