CBS Signs Distribution Deals With Verizon, Meredith

Hulu deal puts network in all skinny bundles, Moonves says
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CBS said it signed new distribution deals that call for growing retransmission payments, reverse compensation from affiliates and new revenue from over-the-top distribution.

Speaking on CBS' fourth quarter earnings call, CEO Les Moonves said CBS had signed a new deal with Verizon covering CBS, Showtime, the CW and other properties.

He said the deal calls for retransmission payments consistent with meeting CBS' target of $2.5 billion in retrans revenue by 2020.

CBS also signed a new affiliation deal with Meredith, one of its biggest affiliate groups. The deal calls for reverse compensation payments to the network. It also cuts Meredith in on CBS All Access, which is providing the network live in more and more markets, he said.

Moonves also noted CBS' deal with Hulu for its upcoming live service. That deal also includes affiliates that choose to participate.

The Hulu deal was significant because it is representative of the skinny bundles being offered by virtual MVPDs. "They're paying a premium to gain access to our content," he said.

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