In a groundbreaking move, DISH Network and Viacom Inc. have agreed terms for a multi-year contract renewal.
It will provide DISH customers with uninterrupted access to Viacom networks and sets the stage for select Viacom live and Video-on-Demand content to join the Sling TV single- and multi-stream services. Details of the agreement were not disclosed. Charlie Ergen, DISH chairman and CEO thanked Viacom for agreeing to the renewal deal.
“We appreciate Viacom’s willingness to continue with us on our journey as we work to deliver the best, most innovative television services available,” he said in a press statement. “This creative, bold and consumer-friendly approach extends a nearly 20-year-old relationship. On his part, Viacom Executive Chairman, President, and CEO Philippe Dauman said the deal will benefit millions of their customers.
“Today’s agreement ensures Viacom’s number one family of networks will continue to be available to our millions of fans on DISH and underscores the value of our programming across platforms. DISH has historically been and remains an important partner for Viacom, and as part of our commitment to entertain audiences wherever they are, we are pleased to offer select Viacom networks as part of DISH’s Sling TV product.”
He added; “Today’s renewal, together with several additional affiliate agreements announced over the past year, will enable Viacom to drive growth and deliver better, more engaging viewer experiences for years to come.” Viacom networks, including Comedy Central, BET, Spike, MTV, Nick Jr. and many others, will be available on Sling TV’s single-stream and multi-stream services in coming months.
Specific packaging details were not announced. The renewal applies to the 18 Viacom channels DISH currently carries, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick Jr., and Nicktoons. DISH offers a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels and award-winning HD and DVR technology.