CBS Content Coming to AT&T’s DirecTV Now Service in the Coming Weeks

AT&T today announced that it's managed to ink a deal with CBS to bring CBS channels to the DirecTV Now streaming service. The deal includes CBS entertainment, sports, and news programming, plus Showtime, The CW, CBS Sports Network, and Pop.


"This is another key milestone in bringing DIRECTV NOW users access to their favorite entertainment, news and sports from all of the major broadcast networks," said Daniel York, senior executive vice president and chief content officer - AT&T Entertainment Group. "As we add more live national and local channels, we know even more people will choose DIRECTV NOW as their go-to streaming service."
Video-on-demand catalogs will be available from CBS, The CW, Pop, and Showtime, and DirecTV Now customers will be able to access live local coverage on close to 25 local CBS and The CW stations in the following areas:

  • New York

  • Los Angeles

  • Chicago

  • Philadelphia

  • Dallas - Ft. Worth

  • San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose

  • Boston

  • Detroit

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul

  • Miami-Ft. Lauderdale

  • Denver

  • Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CA

  • Pittsburgh

  • Baltimore


CBS and The CW content will be available in all DirecTV Now packages, which start at $35 per month. Pop will be included in the "Just Right" and higher tier, while CBS Sports Network will be available with the "Go Big" plan. Showtime can be added to any plan for $8 per month. According to AT&T, the new content will be rolling out "in the coming weeks."

AT&T also plans to add 30 additional ABC, FOX, and NBC affiliates on DirecTV Now in the near future, bringing the total to more than 170 live local channels in over 80 metro areas. Some DirecTV Now customers have also begun receiving beta invites for the cloud DVR feature that is being added to the service this fall.


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Hulu Bringing CBS-Owned Networks to Live TV Service, Which Will Be Priced ‘Under $40’ Per Month

Hulu and CBS have reached an agreement that will bring CBS-owned channels to Hulu's upcoming live-streaming service, as well as grant subscribers on-demand access to recent episodes of popular CBS shows like Mom and The Big Bang Theory (via The Wall Street Journal). Full access to current and past seasons of these shows will remain on CBS All Access.

The current deal includes user access to CBS Sports Network and Pop, a pop culture focused network, with the potential for more CBS networks -- like CBS’s Smithsonian Channel and The CW -- to be added down the line. Although unspecified, it's also predicted that Hulu will continue to offer the CBS-owned premium network Showtime as an add-on within its new live-streaming package. Current Hulu subscribers can purchase Showtime for $8.99 on top of their monthly Hulu cost.

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According to people close to the deal, CBS will receive "more than $3 per monthly subscriber" at the service's launch, with the multiyear contract signaling the potential for the network's take to rise above $4.
The streaming service aims to offer a more personalized, intuitive version of cable TV than that offered by traditional pay-TV distributors and even newer streaming entrants. At launch, Hulu’s offering will also include a cloud-based digital video recorder and many local station affiliates.

CBS’s pact with Hulu shows that at least for now the network is finding a way to have its cake and eat it, too—striking deals with distributors while maintaining a stand-alone streaming service with some 1.2 million subscribers. Moreover, the deal with Hulu involves CBS’s direct rivals; the streaming service is owned by Disney, Fox, Comcast and Time Warner.
During the announcement at an investor conference this week, Hulu Chief Executive Mike Hopkins also mentioned that the service is set to cost users "under $40" per month. The service will include Hulu's existing video content library as well, which now includes a wide selection of movies from Disney.

Word of Hulu's upcoming live-streaming service began spreading last May, when it was said that the company's new subscription plan would directly introduce it as "a competitor to traditional pay-TV providers," in addition to on-demand streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Hulu's unnamed cable-like service will now be backed with channels from CBS, Walt Disney, Time Warner, Fox, and NBC.

Hulu will be entering a steadily growing and competitive market with its live-streaming service. Both Sling TV and DirecTV NOW are available to users on the iOS and Apple TV App Stores for streaming and viewing live television networks without the need for a traditional cable subscription. In the past, Apple tried to launch its own $30-$40 TV service but became "frustrated" and ultimately shelved the plans after failing to find mutually advantageous ways to work with network programmers.

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NFL games, ‘Star Trek’ soon to stream on CBS All Access

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LOS ANGELES — Sunday night football just got a little easier to stream.

Beginning Dec. 4, CBS All Access — the network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service — will offer subscribers the ability to watch regular, preseason and postseason NFL games.

CBS and the NFL announced the multiyear deal Thursday. Subscribers will also be able to sample content from NFL Game Pass, the NFL’s digital video subscription service which makes games and other programming available on-demand.

This is the latest of CBS’ efforts to up its offerings on its streaming service, as more networks continue to jump into the already crowded SVOD space. Read more…

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