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DIRECTV Now to Offer Local CBS Channels
By Phillip Swann

Washington, D.C. (August 7, 2017) - AT&T has reached an agreement with CBS to permit DIRECTV Now to offer local CBS affiliates in 14 markets.

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The deal, which also includes the rights to other CBS-owned channels such as Showtime, the CW, CBS Sports Network and Pop, now allows DIRECTV Now to offer all four network affiliates in select markets.

Live streaming rivals Hulu Live, PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV have already added CBS, but Sling TV has yet to make a deal with the network.

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The 14 markets where DIRECTV Now will offer CBS affiliates are: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Denver, Miami, Chicago, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Sacramento and Fort Worth-Dallas.

CBS said in a press release that local CBS and CW affiliates not owned by the network are invited to participate in the agreement as well.

In addition to the live feeds, DIRECTV Now will offer on-demand programming from CBS and The CW.

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The companies said that Showtime will be offered as an add-on premium channel, but it did not disclose pricing or launch details today.

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Phillip Swann is president and publisher of TVPredictions.com. He has been quoted in dozens of publications and broadcast outlets, including CNN, Fox News, Inside Edition, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter. He can be reached at
swann@tvpredictions.com or at 703-505-3064703-505-3064.



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