CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves hadn't even finished first-day press duties for his company's big OTT announcement, when cable industry pundits began speculating on what might occur during the next big retrans impasse between the programmer and a major MSO.
Lieberman expressed his concerns about OTT blackouts Thursday. (Source: Twitter)
"If CBS and a cable op can't agree on an O&O retrans deal, will CBS block that op's broadband subs from accessing its new streaming service?" tweeted Ross Lieberman, senior VP of government affairs for the American Cable Association, on Thursday.
CBS just announced a new a la carte streaming product that will allow subscribers online access to all current CBS shows, as well as many popular archival series, for $5.99 per month. (Notable: no NFL football is included.)
And CBS has already proven valuable in the pay-TV marketplace. As the Washington Post noted, Time Warner Cable's (NYSE: TWC) retrans impasse with CBS in 2013 and the related one-month blackout resulted, at least in large part, to the loss of 300,000 video service subscribers.
"But as disruptive as that incident was, it'll pale in comparison to the kind of blackouts we could see in the future," writes the Post's Brian Fung. "As networks like CBS move their content online, what will happen if CBS and TWC (or another cable company) disagree over content payments again?"
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