CBS & DISH Reach Carriage Agreement


NEW YORK/ENGLEWOOD: CBS Corporation and DISH Network Corporation have reached a new multiyear carriage pact, restoring CBS-owned stations to the platform after a 12-hour blackout.

The agreement includes retransmission consent for CBS-owned stations on DISH in major markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The agreement also grants DISH the rights to Showtime VOD content and authentication rights for Showtime Anytime, and includes a path to OTT distribution of Showtime Networks.

The agreement also sees the dismissal of all pending litigation between the two companies, including disputes over PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop. As part of the deal, DISH’s AutoHop commercial-skipping functionality will not be available for CBS Television Network-owned stations and affiliates during the C7 window.

“We are very pleased with this deal, which meets all of our economic and strategic objectives,” said Ray Hopkins, the president of television networks distribution at CBS Corporation. “We look forward to having DISH as a valued partner for many years to come.”

“We are pleased to continue delivering CBS programming to our customers, while expanding their digital access to Showtime content through Showtime Anytime,” added Warren Schlichting, DISH's senior VP of programming.