In a negotiation that distinguished itself from other recent carriage talks by avoiding any programming blackouts, CBS Corp. and Cablevision Systems reached a carriage agreement Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The deal covers retransmission of CBS-owned TV stations along with carriage of the cable nets Showtime, Smithsonian Channel and CBS Sports Network, the report notes.
“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,” the story reports. Financial terms and other details 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,” the story notes.
Said Martin Franks, executive VP for planning, policy and government relations at CBS Corp.: “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."