ViacomCBS, Altice USA Ink A Carriage Deal. It Includes OTT Access


Chalk up another carriage agreement between a television network owner and a MVPD that includes cable TV customer access to an “Over the Top,” or OTT, offering.

ViacomCBS and Altice USA on Monday revealed that they’ve reached a “comprehensive agreement” for the continued carriage of ViacomCBS’ networks for Altice USA’s Optimum and Suddenlink customers.

The pact also provides Altice USA with rights to ViacomCBS’ suite of streaming services, including Paramount+, SHOWTIME OTT, Pluto TV, BET+ and Noggin.

“We are pleased to have reached a new multi-year agreement with our partners at Altice USA that underscores the strength of ViacomCBS’ brands and streaming services,” Ray Hopkins, President of U.S. Networks Distribution at ViacomCBS commented. “Altice USA through its Optimum and Suddenlink brands is an important partner and we look forward to continuously serving subscribers with our outstanding collection of content.”

Yossi Benchetrit, Altice USA’s Chief Programming and Procurement Officer, added, “As Altice USA continues to focus on providing our Optimum and Suddenlink customers with a robust array of content to meet their evolving entertainment needs, we are pleased to reach a new agreement with ViacomCBS that ensures the continued delivery of their networks plus added rights to the ViacomCBS streaming services portfolio.”

ViacomCBS and Altice USA will continue to collaborate on addressable media and advanced advertising capabilities.

Other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.