CBS CEO Les Moonves, during an appearance on Bloomberg TV, said the network would likely reach an agreement to sell Apple content for its proposed streaming service.
But, he said, the timing for the service remains up in the air.
“Apple is having conversations with everyone about doing their own streaming services,” Moonves said. “We have had those conversations, as have the other networks. Do I think something will happen? Probably, but I do not know when.”
Looking to avoid the animus that often accompanies content deals in the pay-TV industry, AT&T has signed a new long-term distribution deal with Viacom, to continue providing Viacom's media networks to both AT&T's U-verse TV and DIRECTV's national subscriber base.
AT&T wasted no time in declaring itself king of the pay-TV mountain, pointing out that it got “the best” multi-platform deal in the industry.
Amazon Prime Instant Video and CBS continue to build on their, um, unique relationship, with Amazon scoring a coup, of sorts, for CBS summer series (think Under the Dome) through 2018.
As it has with Dome and Extant, Amazon will be allowed to stream the new series just a few days after broadcast at no additional charge to their membership.
The initial series, BrainDead, is a comic-thriller scheduled to debut in summer 2016.
The other shoe for Apple’s TV intentions may finally be about to drop, as Variety is reporting the company is looking to expand its desires to be a force in the entertainment industry by following Amazon, Netflix and Hulu into original content.
Variety, quoting unnamed sources, says Apple’s not ready to commit any of its $200 billion in cash reserves to new content production – yet – but said representatives have been making the rounds with Hollywood types.
A day after going dark on Dish Network, the Sinclair Broadcast Group and the satcaster appear to be on the path to a new retransmission agreement and have mutually lifted the blackout that left about 5 million Dish customers in 79 markets nationwide without Sinclair channels.
Dish subscribers in 79 markets across the U.S. won’t be watching 129 local Sinclair Broadcasting stations for a while as the latest contentious retransmission battle between an operator and broadcaster has gone public again.
Sinclair stations went dark on Tuesday, as the broadcaster had warned its viewers who use Dish might happen. Sinclair affiliates include a number of ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CW stations in 36 states.
Cablevision today announced it had signed the mother of all content carriage agreements with CBS that included its OTT products, an indication that pay-TV providers may finally have decided that over-the-top content can, in fact, be more friend than foe.
The Australian Football League has garnered the biggest broadcast rights deal in the history of Australian sports, agreeing to a $2.51 billion (Australian) deal with Seven West Media, Foxtel and Telstra for six seasons.
Let the games begin (again). The NFL and DirecTV are facing another – their third -- class -action lawsuit alleging the exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket deal between the two allows the satellite TV provider, now a unit of AT&T, to charge “supracompetitive prices.
This time around, the lawsuit is being filed on behalf of a New York City bar, the Gael Pub, on behalf of all restaurants and bars that purchased the package over a certain periodof time.
Content? Check. Platform? Check? Market opportunity? Double check. A report from the New York Post says Apple is poised to launch a Cloud TV service as early as this fall, and says all the major networks – ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and many of their affiliates -- are very close to being onboard.
Verizon moved a big step closer today to crafting a Millennial-appealing mobile video service, announcing it was partnering with VICE to add the brand’s content to Verizon’s mobile video platform that is set to launch later this year.
The deal will see a broad selection of VICE digital content, including original domestic and international programming produced exclusively for Verizon – all through a mobile-first video offering.
Two major theater chains – AMC and Canada’s Cineplex – have agreed to a two-week release window on a pair of upcoming Paramount Pictures films, putting a major crack in the standard 90-day theatrical window. A pair of small-budget films from the studio will be available to consumers 17 days after they finish their theatrical run.