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CBS Just Became More Cord Cutting Friendly


Today CBS and their affiliates have agreed to let the network negotiate digital distribution deals on their behalf, enabling them to juggle their involvement with CBS All Access and other streaming services such as Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, Hulu With Live TV, and YouTube TV.

This deal is very similar to recent deals announced by NBC and ABC that allow them to negotiate for their affiliates. The collaborations make it easier for new services to offer network programming nationwide without having to make dozens of separate agreements with owners of the local stations that have the right to offer CBS in their markets.

“Expanding distribution on these new platforms together with our affiliates has been a part of CBS’ long-term digital strategy, and I am very proud we have reached this agreement with our affiliate board,” CBS Television Networks Distribution President Ray Hopkins said. “We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with our affiliates, and as these new forms of distribution continue to grow.”

“Access to these new and emerging digital distribution platforms gives all CBS affiliates the opportunity to provide viewers with more accessibility to their favorite local programs as well as must-see, hit CBS programming,” added Chris Cornelius, chairman of the Affiliates Board and VP of Morgan Murphy Media, which owns 2 CBS affiliates.

Currently CBS has deals with Hulu, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. Hopefully this deal deal will allow new deals to be made with Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW.

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  • AstroMonster

    That would be awesome to add my local CBS to DirecTV Now…would solve some headaches for football season

    • TheEnd

      Just buy a Mohu HD leaf solves everything.

      • AstroMonster

        Where I live at, Mohu will not work. Already checked it out on their site previously.

        Also, I despise antennas.

        I’ll switch back to Vue before I get an antenna

        • TheEnd

          You must live in a really rural area, everyone I know that has one raves about them.

          • AstroMonster

            Not that rural, but just happen to be a decent distance from the Philly broadcast area….I’m actually in Delaware but my locals are still considered Philly.

            The area I live in also just happens to be bad for any type of frequencies.
            Cell phone reception is bad here too, even though towers are all around me.

            But again, I wouldn’t use an antennae anyway….looked into it before Sling TV came out, but now with all these different options I will never consider using an antennae again.

          • TheEnd

            Interesting good to note always read good reviews on them.

          • AstroMonster

            There are sites out there, along with Mohu’s, that you enter your address and it will show you the signal strength for each channel

          • TheEnd

            What do you do for your locals then? Or just live without them?

          • AstroMonster

            I would just do without them. I usually use live tv for weather, sports, and for just wasting time when I don’t feel like watching a whole movie. All of those things I can do without, if I needed to. Eagles/NFL football is the hardest to part with it.

            I’ve gone over a year at a time before without having any live tv at all… even though Comcast is readily available here.

            I have a massive bluray/dvd/ultraviolet collection so it keeps me entertained when I want to watch something.

            Honestly, I think my biggest driving force for live tv is just to say I have it lol….even if I don’t use it much. I just did free trials with YouTube TV, Fubo TV, and CBS All Access and only used each one a couple of times.

          • mnsportsgeek

            Anyone who lives in an apartment that faces the wrong direction has a bad time with indoor antennas.

      • FranchisePlayer

        I use this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NGTW6Q6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (currently only $30)

        I tried a Mohu and some others and they wouldn’t get all the OTA channels and some that did come in were spotty. The one I have now gets even more OTA channels and (mostly) no distortion.

    • Sunny Rain

      DirecTV Now doesn’t have a deal with CBS. So, this doesn’t help DirecTV Now customers at all. But PS Vue, YouTube TV and Hulu are bound to benefit in the next few weeks/months.

      • AstroMonster

        It does help DirecTV Now.

        First, they are already in talks and it was said to happen soon, so this guarantees when it does I will get my local CBS.

        Second, it shows CBS wants to be on the OTT services, which will make it easier for DirecTV Now to get them

        • Sunny Rain

          Don’t believe AT&T when they say the word “soon.” It’s been over 6 months of being in talks and coming soon. Or even when they give a specific timeline. Remember Roku app coming early in Q1?

          CBS already has its own OTT service that brings in more money than they’d get from DirecTV Now. So, it’s not an easy bargain.

          • AstroMonster

            I agree with your point about AT&T, but it was a CBS exec that said they expect to be able to make a deal with DirecTV Now soon

          • Sunny Rain

            Yeah, I guess that’s what happens when you do business with AT&T. Same thing with ROKU. Even Roku guys confirmed the DTVN coming in Q1. I’ve lost faith in any promise of “coming soon” until I see it.

      • Nathan John Ganiere

        It’s a matter of time and all these OTT services will have all these local channels and will be available to everyone, if the recent news about NBC, ABC, and CBS is true………….and it’ll be a matter of months……

        • Nathan John Ganiere

          and the way Sling and PS VUE is set up, Sling having a broadcast extra, and PS VUE just charging $10 extra for all locals, expect it to be extra with those, Directv NOW price probably will go up too…….Hulu and Youtube may not…….

          • REP

            These local channels should be free. It’s a crime to charge people for extra.

          • FranchisePlayer

            I sure hope DTVN doesn’t go the route of PSVue and charge more to get all local channels. I suspect you’re right, at least for CBS, so my hope is that they have another offer to include all local channels via some promotion (auto-pay?).

            If these packages continue to increase in price, it’s no longer a better deal to drop cable.

      • mnsportsgeek

        None of these deals help anyone. Everyone is announcing deals and we’re still sitting here with nothing to show for it.

        • Sunny Rain

          It takes time to renegotiate the contract and to get all the code and equipment updates needed to transmit the streams from all the affiliates involved. Most of them don’t have a ready-to-go technology.

  • Bill Eastman

    Still waiting for my Trgna owned ABC station to appear on DIRECTV NOW or live on ABC app while signed in.

  • Sunny Rain

    I don’t watch CBS but this is a good move. Ironically, CBS is the only broadcast network I get live on PS Vue. Wish I had ABC which I actually watch.

    • Richard smith

      I invested $200 for a Hdhomerun and A NAS to record Ota, so paying extra $120 a year really hurts. I might go back to the Netflix Blu ray plan.

  • Richard smith

    If Vue gives me all locals, and forces me to pay an extra $10. I will cancel.

    • Sunny Rain

      I’m in a dilemma of what to do when that happens. If I cancel PS Vue when it rises to $40, then the other options are Hulu (same price, less features); YouTube ($5 less, less channels, less devices); or DirecTV Now ($5 less, no DVR, spotty on demand).

      So, at the end of the day, PS Vue ends up winning. Again.

      • TheEnd

        It’s $10 still way cheaper than cable.

        • Sunny Rain

          Exactly. I wish by the time they add $10 for me, Viacom will have come to its senses. But it’s still worth it when you consider the alternative.

    • Robert Anthony Hartzell

      Same. I have an antenna for my local channels. Vue should at least allow you to opt out. Considering where I live, I highly doubt it will happen anytime soon, if ever.

  • Pebo Bryson

    shout out to my antenna which gives me free crystal clear CBS in uncompressed HD. #friendly

  • REP

    This is great, hopefully it come out before football season start. These local channels are what I tune in to watch my favorite teams. I mean i can switch the input on the TV but i hate doing that…i want everything access on the same screen.

    CBS – Football
    FOX – 49ers
    ABC – NBA Finals?
    NBC – News
    PBS? – I am sure it’s just a matter of time
    CW? – hopefully this come soon
    ION? – who’s the owner?
    myTV? – i like to see this become everywhere

  • mnsportsgeek

    So when is one of these deals actually going to provide something tangible? We’re all still waiiting…

  • Michyle

    Great one more reason to keep Hulu