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CBS’s CEO Talks About Their New FREE Sports Streaming Service

Group of young people watching soccer matchA few months ago CBS announced plans to launch a free sports streaming service similar to its free CBS News service. Now we get some of our first hints at what it will look like.

“We think there’s a place in the marketplace for straight, factual clips, highlights, scores,” CBS’s CEO Leslie Moonves said. “I’m a big sports fan, and I’m turning on ESPN a lot, and I’m seeing people yelling at each other. I want to see whether the Dodgers or the Yankees won last night,” said Moonves.

Moonves went on to say that CBS has been negotiating rights to get highlights of many popular sports.

“When ESPN or Comcast announces it’s losing subs, that’s a good thing for CBS,” Moonves said. “These cord-cutters, they’re not disappearing, going into the woods and avoiding television. They’re just going to other services, and we’re going to be in all of them.”

There is a lot of truth in his statement. Traditional pay TV may be seeing a drop in viewership, but other services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon have been seeing growth. The question now is will CBS’s free sports streaming service connect with cord cutters.

CBS has had great success with CBS News’s streaming service. Hopefully it can replicate its success with sports.

Source: The Street

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6 Responses to CBS’s CEO Talks About Their New FREE Sports Streaming Service

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    Scott Blanchard September 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

    If ESPN and CNN weren’t propped up by the cable bundle racket, they would be in the final death throws of Chapter 13 by now. ESPN really has no excuse, they have purposely become a political entity with a point of view, just as much as CNN has in the age of Trump.

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    Daniel Richards September 14, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

    so highlights and no games, so basically pointless, which is WHY is HAS to be free.

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      Evan September 15, 2017 at 10:07 am #

      Why are our elites so captivated by sports? I don’t get the appeal. I’m not a sports person. The world can be falling apart but all they care about is watching other people play sports?

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        Daniel Richards September 15, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

        I don’t even care about sports, in the last year I watched from inning 7 or 8 on in the Final Game of the World series and I’m not even sure if I caught any of the super bowl, I think I did just to confirm DTVNow could handle it so I am the furthest thing from a sports fan, just calling it how I see it.

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    Chris Zook September 14, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

    What’s the point without live games? It should at least stream for free any live games appearing as a national broadcast that people can normally get free OTA. Otherwise, they may as well simply add a sports section to the CBS News app — a Sports News area.

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    BigO September 14, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

    Depending upon how this is fleshed-out, it might be a service I will make use of. I have to admit I am missing ESPN to see the highlights, so having a free (ad-supported) option would be nice.