Verizon, CBS Reach New Long-Term Agreements

Verizon Communications and CBS said Monday they reached new long-term program carriage deals that will help bring more CBS shows to the telecommunications company's customers.


The agreements expand and extend Verizon's rights to carry CBS programming on the FiOS television platform and secures rights to deliver CBS shows through Verizon Wireless' V Cast video service. Verizon's cell phone customers will now have access to episodes of several CBS prime-time and daytime programs including "60 Minutes."

Shows such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "NCIS," "Survivor" and "Numb3rs" will also be available in standard and high-definition formats thanks to the national video-on-demand rights the agreements provide.

Verizon said it will continue to provide CBS shows on Verizon FiOS TV, an all-digital fiber-optic television service that has more than 1.6 million subscribers in parts of 14 states.

Other details of the agreements were not disclosed.

Last week Time Warner Cable said it would continue providing CBS and Showtime programming through 2013 as part of a deal reached with CBS. Some CBS and Showtime programming, including prime-time content from CBS, will also be included in Time Warner Cable's expanded video services and video-on-demand offerings.