Showtime's Christie: SVOD not cannibalizing core linear channels

More than a year into its dive into what was seen as the risky waters of direct-to-consumer SVOD distribution, Showtime COO Tom Christie says he's seeing no signs that the premium cable programmer's core linear channels are taking on water. 

"We see very little evidence of it cannibalizing Showtime," Christie told FierceOnlineVideo. "But I will say we watched for a couple of years the cord cutting that was going on, and were growing a little concerned about that multichannel video universe shrinking. When the cord-nevers and the former cord-haves which represent by many estimates 10 million homes, maybe more today, it just became too big a segment to overlook."

You can read the full interview here. 

Suggested Articles

Comcast is defending its civil rights and diversity record as it prepares for a U.S. Supreme Court showdown with Entertainment Studios over a $20 billion…

Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, has hired Melanie Hamilton as vice president of national sales.

The big four U.S. wireless carriers don't practice their video throttling uniformly.