Cablevision's (NYSE: CVC) Optimum has added an array of CBS (NYSE: CBS) network shows to its free on-demand TV offering, an announcement that comes just after the cable TV operators signed a new retransmission consent deal with the broadcaster. Cablevision now offers shows from all four of the major TV networks as part of its online offering.
As much as the cable TV operators do not want to bow to the content industry in retransmission negotiations, newly-signed contracts will often immediately translate to the ability to expand programming availability for viewers who are coming to expect that they should not have to have their eyes glued to their living room TVs and only during primetime hours to watch their favorite shows.
Episodes of a more than a dozen shows now will be available for free on demand viewing the day after they first air on CBS. Those TV shows include Big Bang Theory, CSI, NCIS, Elementary, Big Brother, Two and a Half Men, and several other series.
The launch also includes a Fall Preview video showing highlights from upcoming new and returning CBS fall series. All titles are available to customers with Broadcast Basic service and above and a digital set-top box, and can be accessed from the Free On Demand menu on channel 502 or through the Optimum TV user interface menu.
- here's the Cablevision release
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