CBS’ digital subscription, video on demand and live streaming service, CBS All Access, has signed carriage agreements with 13 new affiliates, the network announced Thursday.
Live streaming of local CBS content will now happen through Bahakel Communications, Block Communications, Capitol Broadcasting, Cox Media Group, Draper Holdings, Ft. Myers Broadcasting, Griffin Communications LLC, Meridian Media, Midwest Television, Mt. Mansfield Television, News-Press & Gazette Company, Schurz Communications and West Virginia Media Holdings.
These new affiliate partners join 12 others that signed on in April and the existing 14 owned-and-operated CBS stations that participated at launch in October.
Overall, 64 percent of U.S. households will now have live linear feed coverage of CBS All Access, spanning 94 markets in total. The affiliate partners announced today include major markets such as Seattle, Raleigh-Durham, San Diego, Oklahoma City, Santa Barbara, Wilmington, Palm Springs and Wichita.
“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,” said 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.”
“We are thrilled that Dispatch’s WBNS launched in Columbus this month,” Michael Fiorile, vice chairman and CEO of Dispatch Broadcast Group and chairman of the CBS Affiliates Board, said. “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.”