CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves told an audience at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference that some of his company’s top programming outlets may be headed for a direct-over-Internet subscription model.
Deadline.com reports that Moonves said there’s a “very strong possibility” that Showtime will be offered to consumers in an Internet subscription, adding, “and possibly CBS as well.”
The service might be “like HBO did with HBO Nordic. … And there could be some kind of offering direct to consumers here. It’s something we’re looking at,” Moonves is quoted as saying.
The story adds: “Asked about how it might be offered, Moonves said it could be [an] online service. But he added that ‘there are ways of going direct to consumer in different packages. … Maybe we make it easier for consumers to get Showtime without a lot of the other stuff’ — apparently referring to the pay TV bundle that consumers have to buy first in order to subscribe the premium network.”
“It all goes to the bottom line,” Moonves added.