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DirecTV And CBS Agree On Carriage Deal


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#1 OFFLINE   Xsabresx

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 10:22 AM

Unlike its corporate cousin, Viacom, CBS seems to have had no problem agreeing on a new retransmission deal with DirecTV. The companies vaguely refer to it as “long term” and didn’t disclose any terms — including whether it includes extensive rights for DirecTV to stream CBS’ programs to subscribers. But it covers all of the CBS owned and operated stations, Showtime, CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel. The No. 1 satellite company, which has 19.9M U.S. subscribers, accounts for about 16.9% of the audience for the CBS-owned stations, according to SNL Kagan data. “DIRECTV clearly recognizes the value our stations and our cable channels bring to the audiences we share, and we have once again demonstrated how two great companies can come together to forge mutually beneficial free market agreements,” says CBS EVP Martin Franks.

http://www.deadline....iage-agreement/

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 10:31 AM

And this would be the norm, not the AMCs, Viacoms and Pac12s of the world....
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 11:08 AM

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 11:30 AM

Yawn.


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:02 PM

I love that there was a negotiation and I knew nothing about it until the agreement was reached. This is the way all contracts should be renegotiated!

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:12 PM

I love that there was a negotiation and I knew nothing about it until the agreement was reached. This is the way all contracts should be renegotiated!

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#7 OFFLINE   Alan Gordon

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:21 PM

ON Demand?


I don't know about CBS, but I've had my suspicions that an On Demand channel for The CW might be coming soon, and maybe the agreement above is why... though if it's like ABC and NBC's On Demand pages, it'd be SD only, so of little interest to me personally, but it'd be nice to have regardless...

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:24 PM

Unlike its corporate cousin, Viacom, CBS seems to have had no problem agreeing on a new retransmission deal with DirecTV. The companies vaguely refer to it as “long term” and didn’t disclose any terms — including whether it includes extensive rights for DirecTV to stream CBS’ programs to subscribers. But it covers all of the CBS owned and operated stations, Showtime, CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel. The No. 1 satellite company, which has 19.9M U.S. subscribers, accounts for about 16.9% of the audience for the CBS-owned stations, according to SNL Kagan data. “DIRECTV clearly recognizes the value our stations and our cable channels bring to the audiences we share, and we have once again demonstrated how two great companies can come together to forge mutually beneficial free market agreements,” says CBS EVP Martin Franks.

http://www.deadline....iage-agreement/


Well, that is one out of the two I know of that are negotiating in the bag.... the other is Discovery Communications. Not sure exactly when their terms are up, but media has been quoting during the Tribune and Viacom negotiations that they were to renegotiate "this year".
[Disclaimer] The definition of "soon" is based solely on DirecTV's interpretation of the word, and all similarities with dictionary definitions of the word "soon" are purely coincidental and should not be interpreted as a time frame that will come to pass within a reasonable amount of time.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:35 PM

Can you say "win-win scenario"?

Why these companies let their egos get involved is beyond me. They are big boys playing in the big leagues. Drop the attitude at the door, would ya?

Sometimes I understand why there is no agreement. PAC-12 is one of those. It could be an era-defining contract for DirecTV, establishing their rates and terms as the sports market disintegrates from a few dominant players - ESPN and the broadcast networks - into many small, specialized franchises. But CBS and some cable networks? That is pretty cut and dried. It should be a deal that could be put together relatively easily.

It seems like it was.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:42 PM

"Soon" --> Showtime Anytime

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:04 PM

I love that there was a negotiation and I knew nothing about it until the agreement was reached. This is the way all contracts should be renegotiated!


Totally agree, Drew. Should be a black box.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:29 PM

“DIRECTV clearly recognizes the value our stations and our cable channels bring to the audiences we share, and we have once again demonstrated how two great companies can come together to forge mutually beneficial free market agreements,” says CBS EVP Martin Franks.


And that I concur. Even though I watch sports 95% of the time most of the primetime shows from CBS take up a lot of space on my DVR.

But in addition to its primetime slate, CBS has the NFL, the SEC, and the NCAA Tournament including the final four. I am glad to see that it includes the CBS Sports Network and the Smithsonian channel (found on HDXP).

I guess since there was hardly any drama on this, CBS must have made a reasonable offer or are more confident of the money they will make from all their advertising because of their programming. And that is something the other channels should take note (Pac-12 Network, TWCSN et.al.).

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:08 PM

So, do we get Showtime Anytime now? And will CBS networks be available for streaming?

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:35 PM

I received email tonight from Optimum (formerly Cablevision) that CBS is joining ABC, NBC and Fox for On Demand viewing the day after new episodes air. I don't recall CBS being available before, but it's good to know CBS is even allowing this...

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:57 PM

Are any of the broadcast networks including HD on DirecTV's On Demand?

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 10:03 PM

Are any of the broadcast networks including HD on DirecTV's On Demand?


ABC and NBC are SD only...

I'm wanting to say that NBC might have some Olympics promos in HD, but that's all I've seen.

I'm not sure about Univision On Demand...

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 11:29 PM

Unlike its corporate cousin, Viacom, CBS seems to have had no problem agreeing on a new retransmission deal with DirecTV. The companies vaguely refer to it as “long term” and didn’t disclose any terms — including whether it includes extensive rights for DirecTV to stream CBS’ programs to subscribers. But it covers all of the CBS owned and operated stations, Showtime, CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel. The No. 1 satellite company, which has 19.9M U.S. subscribers, accounts for about 16.9% of the audience for the CBS-owned stations, according to SNL Kagan data. “DIRECTV clearly recognizes the value our stations and our cable channels bring to the audiences we share, and we have once again demonstrated how two great companies can come together to forge mutually beneficial free market agreements,” says CBS EVP Martin Franks.

http://www.deadline....iage-agreement/


Nice! Finally some good re-transmission news:up:

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:22 AM

I keep a list of VOD that has HD content on them and go back and check each VOD channel every couple of months; currently here is the networks with HD content:
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:41 AM

Talk about early??..the norm these days is that you see a channel ticker scrolling across the bottom of the screen warning of a pull..now we have an early agreement??

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 06:28 AM

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:10 PM

Talk about early??..the norm these days is that you see a channel ticker scrolling across the bottom of the screen warning of a pull..now we have an early agreement??


It was pretty much the consensus of the media and experts that in the Viacom and Tribune standoffs, those companies LOST big time. They lost millions in advertising dollars, and didn't get the price they wanted (or in the case of Viacom, they didn't get EPIX rolled in as well).

Companies like CBS must have seen this happening, and figured it is better to either set a realistic price, and/or negotiate early. With these kinds of disputes, subscribers will pretty much NOT switch in the first two weeks. Those two weeks however that they are black on DirecTV, the media companies WILL lose millions of dollars.

I think CBS figured out that even 1 day of no networks on CBS means they are losing money, and they have seen the writing on the wall regarding the tough negotiation stance of DirecTV.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 10:00 PM

I pretty much think the early negotiations was about football advertisement, in conjunction with nfl sunday ticket CBS channels,because that is the big driver for their money's worth

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 01:39 PM

I received email tonight from Optimum (formerly Cablevision) that CBS is joining ABC, NBC and Fox for On Demand viewing the day after new episodes air. I don't recall CBS being available before, but it's good to know CBS is even allowing this...


Would be nice if DirecTV added that too. I can't stand that if I miss an episode on CBS and don't notice it for a week or two, it is not even available on the CBS website.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:47 PM

So when are we going to see CBS On Demand? No where in any of the comments did someone mention "WHEN" and "WHAT CHANNEL"?

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:51 PM

So when are we going to see CBS On Demand? No where in any of the comments did someone mention "WHEN" and "WHAT CHANNEL"?


Well it only took DirecTV about six months to get a full slate I go product from when it was first mentioned they would, sooooo.......




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