Today CBS All Access added more CBS affiliates to their streaming service. As best we can tell Tribune Broadcasting owned affiliates have been or are being added. We can confirm that CBS 4 in Indianapolis and the Houston TX CBS affiliate went live today and we expect all 5 Tribune Broadcasting owned CBS stations will be added shortly.
Update: it looks like Tegna owned CBS affiliates are also being added.
Back in May CBS and their affiliates announced a deal 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.
Now it seems that this deal also allowed them to add their affiliates to CBS All Access. We have heard reports that other CBS affiliates are in the process of setting up access to CBS All Access in the next few months.
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.
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