CBS inks carriage deals to take All Access to almost two-thirds of US
DetailsEditor | 15 May 2015
The enduring power of US affiliates has been recognised by CBS in a series of carriage deals that will take its All Access digital subscription, video-on-demand (VOD) and live streaming service to 64% of the country.
The new affiliate roster now includes Bahakel Communications, Block Communications, Capitol Broadcasting, Cox Media Group, Draper Holdings, Ft Myers Broadcasting, Griffin Communications, Meridian Media, Midwest Television, Mt Mansfield Television, News-Press & Gazette Company, Schurz Communications and West Virginia Media Holdings.
The new affiliate partners announced today join the 12 affiliates that signed on to join the CBS All Access service in April and the 14 owned-and-operated CBS stations that participated in the service's October launch. The addition of these 13 affiliate groups will bring the live linear feed coverage of CBS All Access to US households, spanning 94 markets in total.
Live linear feeds in many of the markets represented will begin rolling out in the coming weeks. In the markets that do not yet offer live streaming of their local CBS station, CBS All Access subscribers still have access to nearly 7,000 episodes on-demand via the CBS App for iOS and Android, on CBS All Access' Roku Channel and online at CBS.com, with additional connected devices being added in the coming months. CBS All Access' on-demand offering includes episodes from the current season – including full current seasons of 19 shows with episodes available after they air.
"The addition of these 13 affiliate groups underscores the tremendous momentum we have in building CBS All Access, and reflects the strong partnership between CBS and our CBS affiliates," commented Ray Hopkins, president, television networks distribution, CBS Corporation. "We look forward to adding more affiliates in the coming months, as we continue to grow the carriage of CBS local stations in their markets with this new direct-to-consumer service nationwide."
Added Michael Fiorile, vice chairman and CEO of Dispatch Broadcast Group and chairman of the CBS affiliates board: "We are thrilled that Dispatch's WBNS launched in Columbus this month. CBS's commitment to the CBS affiliates has never been more evident than it is today through our joint efforts to launch and support CBS All Access together."