DISH, CBS Deal Opens Door to Showtime Streaming

The recent DISH-CBS agreement paves the way for exclusive over-the-top streaming of Showtime programming to DISH subscribers.

Homeland on Showtime

The carriage agreement, announced Dec. 6, allows DISH to continue broadcasting local CBS affiliates and other popular CBS-owned stations such as CBS Sports Network, TVGN and the Smithsonian Channel. The deal also provides DISH with the rights to CBS’s Showtime on Demand content, including authentication rights for Showtime Anytime.

Also included in the agreement is “a path to over-the-top distribution of Showtime Networks,” which means DISH might soon be able to add CBS content to its Internet TV operations, similar to the deal with Disney in April that gives DISH customers online-only content from ESPN, ABC and Disney. The move is also consistent with DISH’s plans to launch a streaming service before the end of 2014.

DISH’s CBS-owned programming includes sports broadcasts including the NFL and college basketball, Showtime’s premium programming such as the Tudors and Homeland, and regular shows like NCIS and Survivor.