Last year, we reported that CBS may soon land on AT&T’s new streaming service, DirecTV Now. Whelp, it looks like that time has come as the company has issued a press release stating new CBS content is coming to the live television service including CBS News programming, The CW, CBS Sports Network, Showtime, and Pop.
In the coming weeks, we will begin to roll out CBS Television Network’s popular entertainment sports and CBS News programming as as SHOWTIME, The CW, CBS Sports Network and Pop on DIRECTV NOW. This will also include video-on-demand catalogs from CBS, The CW, POP, and Showtime®.
According to the release, Showtime will cost an extra $8 per month for subscribers, while all the other programming will be included in the $35/month fee. Additionally, live CBS News programming will be available via affiliates in select cities. A list of locations can be found below.
- New York
- Los Angeles
- Dallas – Ft. Worth
- San Francisco–Oakland–San Jose
- Minneapolis-St. Paul
- Miami–Ft. Lauderdale
- Sacramento–Stockton–Modesto, CA
ABC, NBC, and Fox are also expected to add their own affiliates to DirecTV Now in the coming weeks as well, therefore bringing over 170 live channels to the service.
Getting major content providers like CBS is no easy task. Many have tried and failed at the attempt, while some remain in negotiations for months and months, just like AT&T did with CBS. Therefore, it remains extremely unclear as to when ABC, Fox, or NBC will be added to DirecTV Now, if ever. But considering they’ve been noted by AT&T themselves, I think it’s safe to say they’ll eventually arrive. In the same breath, we don’t know exactly when, leading to much speculation surrounding the situation.