Paramount Global Clinches New Charter Deal


Paramount Global has extended its long-running affiliate agreement with Charter Communications, clinching a pact that covers its cable channels, O&O broadcast stations and streaming services.

With the deal, the pay-TV platform will continue to deliver CBS owned-and-operated broadcast stations, cable networks and Paramount+ with Showtime across all Spectrum TV Select packages, Mi Plan Latino, TV Choice and TV Stream. Later this year, the ad-supported Paramount+ Essential and BET+ will be made available at no additional cost to all Spectrum TV Select packages and Mi Plan Latino customers through the Xumo Stream Box or any other Paramount+ supported device. Paramount+ with Showtime can be accessed by Spectrum’s Paramount+ with Showtime linear customers as well. Charter also will make Paramount’s direct-to-consumer products available for purchase to its Internet-only customers.

“From the outset, Paramount has embraced Charter’s goal of evolving the video distribution model, and we have appreciated their willingness to collaborate on a solution that benefits our mutual customers and the video industry as a whole,” said Tom Montemagno, executive VP of programming acquisition for Charter, which operates the Spectrum brand of video and connectivity services. “Continuing to build on our new distribution framework with the addition of Paramount+ Essential and BET+ Essential, joining the Paramount+ with Showtime service for Paramount+ with Showtime linear customers and others like Disney+, ESPN+, ViX, Max for HBO customers, Tennis Channel Plus, and numerous regional sports networks’ direct-to-consumer apps for customers of our regional sports networks, Spectrum continues to transform the cable bundle to become the best destination and value for video customers and we expect to continue to add more enhancements like this in the near future.”

“We are very pleased to renew and expand our long-standing partnership with Charter to provide continued access to Paramount’s leading portfolio of broadcast, entertainment, news and sports brands,” said Ray Hopkins, president of U.S. networks distribution at Paramount. “This innovative deal celebrates our mutual commitment to deliver flexibility, choice and value for audiences everywhere, and we look forward to bringing even more of our fan-favorite programming to Spectrum customers through our direct-to-consumer streaming services for the first time.”