CBS Signs Retrans Pact With Cablevision


While its retransmission fight with Tribune Broadcasting entered its third week, Cablevision Systems said it has renewed its carriage agreements with broadcast giant CBS for its owned and operated television stations and its cable networks.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement covers CBS owned and operated stations in New York (WCBS), Denver (KCNC) and Philadelphia (KYW and WPSG) and cable networks Showtime, the Smithsonian Channel and CBS Sports Network.

"Cablevision is a cornerstone partner in our flagship market. By recognizing the value of our content, this agreement assures the audiences we share with Cablevision will continue to be able to enjoy programming including 60 Minutes, The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, the NFL, Homeland, Smithsonian Channel's award-winning programs, and Jim Rome," said CBS executive vice president for planning, policy and government relations Martin Franks in a statement. 

"This broad agreement will ensure that Cablevision customers will continue to have access to the CBS programming they already enjoy, across a range of networks, as well as new services Cablevision will launch in the coming months, including Showtime Anytime and CBS prime time shows on demand," said Cablevision executive vice president of programming Mac Budill in a statement.

In the meantime, Cablevision continues to be at loggerheads with Tribune, which owns The CW affiliate WPIX in New York, WCCT (CW) in Waterbury, Conn., KWGN (CW) in Denver and WPHL (My Network TV) in Philadelphia. The stations went dark to Cablevision subscribers on Aug. 17 after Cablevision balked at what it calls Tribune's exorbitant pricing demands. Tribune counters that it is only asking for fair compensation for its content.