CBS & Charter Extend Partnership; VOD, Online Viewing to Come
Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) and CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) today announced the renewal of their content carriage agreements covering retransmission consent for CBS Owned Stations as well as continued carriage of Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel on Charter's cable television platform.
The agreement also includes new online and on-demand availability of programming from CBS and SHOWTIME. Plans are underway to make primetime shows from CBS available on-demand to customers across all Charter markets in the coming months. The launch of the authentication service Showtime ANYTIME, providing Charter's Showtime subscribers with unlimited access to acclaimed original series, hit movies, sports, documentaries, specials and much more via computers, iPad, iPhone and Android devices, will be coming soon as well.
"We are pleased to have reached this comprehensive renewal agreement that recognizes the value our stations and our cable channels bring to Charter and to the audiences we share," said Martin Franks, Executive Vice President for Planning, Policy and Government Relations, CBS Corporation.
Allan Singer, Charter's Senior Vice President, Programming said, "With this agreement, Charter customers can count on us to continue to deliver popular shows and movies from CBS Corporation, and we are especially pleased that the expanded agreement includes CBS Primetime VOD and Showtime ANYTIME throughout our entire footprint. Charter is pleased to start 2013 having successfully concluded this enhanced programming agreement."