CBS CEO Les Moonves 'not unreasonable,' assumes DirecTV Now deal probable

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in General Discussion edited December 2016
Speaking at a telecommunications and media conference, CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves hinted that DirecTV Now will be able to add his network's programming to the slate, eventually.




"I'm assuming we'll be able to make a deal with them," Moonves said at the UBS Global Media and Communications conference, regarding the AT&T-owned DirecTV Now service. "As they said in The Godfather, 'We are not unreasonable people here.'"

CBS remains the only broadcast network hold-out that has no programming on DirecTV Now.

"[DirecTV Now] is obviously something they're going to lose money on initially," said Moonves. "There's no way it can last a whole long time at $35 for 80 channels."

Moonves added that there were other considerations beyond "economic factors" involved in the negotiations. Additionally, citing $5 HBO and Cinemax prices, Moonves added that there was no possibility that the CBS-owned Showtime would be $5 a month.

According to The Verge, at the same conference Moonves said that CBS programming would likely be on the as-yet unannounced YouTube live television streaming service, and declined to comment on CBS All Access subscriber numbers.

Regular monthly pricing for the over-the-top DirecTV Now is split into four tiers: Live a Little with more than 60 channels for $35; Just Right with more than 80 channels for $50; Go Big with over 100 channels for $60; and Gotta Have it with more than 120 channels for $70. HBO and Cinemax are add-ons.

For a limited time, customers who pre-pay for three months get a 32GB fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri remote, which according to DirecTV will take 3-4 weeks to ship. Users wanting to pay only one month in advance are given an Amazon Fire TV stick.

Additionally, AT&T mobile customers can stream content without data charges through the DirecTV Now app. In a move copying T-Mobile's Binge On, AT&T will waive in-network data fees associated with DirecTV Now or the company's existing FreeVIEW and Fullscreen on-demand services -- raising concerns about net neutrality violations with so-called "zero-rated" services.

The service's rollout was marred by apparent capacity problems, with many users suffering through multiple video stops for buffer underruns, or "Error 60," claiming they were watching too many streams simultaneously.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    smaffeismaffei Posts: 222member
    OK, when the CEO of CBS uses "The Godfather" to describe negotiations with his company then you know what kind of thugs you're dealing with.
    Metriacanthosaurusjbdragonpalomine
  • Reply 2 of 8
    Obviously not very reasonable when they are one of the only major networks not available at launch.
  • Reply 3 of 8
    freerangefreerange Posts: 1,589member
    CBS is a scumbag provider - they are trying to charge $6 / month on Apple TV, and when I dumped my TWC cable and added an HD antenna they are the only channel that uses the PUBLIC airwaves that I can't get because they have obviously underpowered their signal when their broadcast antenna is right next to, and same line of sight as the other channels. They operate with a federal license over public airwaves and should be held accountable for restricting access.
    edited December 2016 palomine
  • Reply 4 of 8
    Moonves had better get with the program.  (He said the same thing about the Apple skinny bundle.)
    DirecTV Now totally rocks and CBS will lose big time in the long term.
    Once Apple releases Single-Sign-On, OTT television will take over the world.  
    (AT&T will need to increase the number of streams allowed.)

    I think HBO is much better than Showtime and it only cost 5 bucks with the package.  Moonves does not want 5 bucks for Showtime?  He can keep it.
    Moonves wants 6 bucks for CBS All-access  which is a free over the air TV station regardless of popularity and on demand streaming.
    ABC will take CBS's place in no time if Moonves is too stubborn.

    I don't think CBS-All-Access is doing very well at $6 for one TV station. 
    No cord cutter in their right mind is going to pay $6 for CBS-All-Access, football or no football..

    I think AT&T has the right formula with lower cost for customers and shifting the cost to targeted advertising.


  • Reply 5 of 8
    F him.  This guy is such a tease.  His leverage is plunging and he's holding out with a shi* hand of cards.  In two years Moonves will have knee burns.
  • Reply 6 of 8
    dcgoodcgoo Posts: 215member
    >Additionally, AT&T mobile customers can stream content without data charges through the DirecTV
    >Now app. In a move copying T-Mobile's Binge On, AT&T will waive in-network data fees associated
    >with DirecTV Now or the company's existing FreeVIEW and Fullscreen on-demand services --
    >raising concerns about net neutrality violations with so-called "zero-rated" services.

    Direct TV Now is also zero rated on T-Mobile Binge-On
    edited December 2016
  • Reply 7 of 8
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 2,184member
    CBS is going to want a crazy fee to be on DirectTV NOW.  I say screw them!!!!  I'm sure not going to pay them $6 to get their streaming crap.  I'll continue to get CBS for free using my Antenna, and give them the finger.

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