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Leading US media firms ViacomCBS and Comcast Corporation, both of whom have experienced major corporate changes over the last year, have renewed their content carriage agreement across the country.
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Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but the new deal includes continued retransmission consent of 23 CBS-owned television stations in 15 major markets. CBS-owned stations in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, as well as CBS-owned The CW affiliates in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, will continue to be distributed to Xfinity customers. Two MyNetwork affiliates will be available in Boston and Miami and the CBS-owned independent station will be available in New York.

The new deal encompasses CBS-owned The CW affiliates, as well as distribution of the entertainment and sports channels SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, Pop TV and CBS Sports Network to Xfinity customers.

In addition, CBS All Access, CBS’ digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, will be available on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex platforms later in 2020, marking the first time that CBS will make the CBS All Access app available on an MVPD-based set-top box.

The agreement also includes TV everywhere availability of programming from CBS Television Network and CBS Sports Network to Xfinity customers, who will be able to enjoy live authenticated streaming on CBS.com, the CBS app and Comcast’s authenticated platform Xfinity Stream. Pop TV and content from Smithsonian Channel have previously been available to stream via Comcast’s authenticated platforms. In addition, the authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME will continue to provide Xfinity SHOWTIME subscribers with unlimited access to acclaimed original series, films, sports, documentaries and specials from online and on mobile devices.

Commenting on the deal, Ray Hopkins, president, US networks distribution, ViacomCBS said: “We are very pleased to have reached this agreement to continue to bring CBS’ industry-leading entertainment, sports and news content from the CBS Television Network, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, Pop TV and CBS Sports Network to millions of Xfinity customers, and delighted to offer these customers access via X1 and Flex to CBS All Access for the first time.”

“ViacomCBS has been a great partner, and we are very pleased to have reached this agreement to provide Xfinity X1 and Flex customers with more access to their content across multiple platforms,” added Rebecca Heap, senior vice president, video and entertainment, Comcast Cable.