Comcast, ViacomCBS expand carriage deal to include BET+

Comcast and ViacomCBS have expanded their distribution rights agreement to include BET+ along with ViacomCBS’ other streaming services.

The new multiyear deal renews carriage of ViacomCBS' networks including CBS, BET, CBS Sports Network, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel and Showtime, and extends the availability of Paramount+, Pluto TV and Showtime OTT.

"We are pleased to have reached new agreements that strengthen our long-valued partnership with Comcast," said Ray Hopkins, president of U.S. networks distribution at ViacomCBS, in a statement. "ViacomCBS is a cornerstone content provider, and we look forward to serving millions of Xfinity customers with greater access to their favorite channels and programming from our leading brands."

"ViacomCBS continues to be a great partner, and we are very pleased to provide our Xfinity customers with access to their content across our industry-leading platforms," said Rebecca Heap, senior vice president of consumer products and propositions at Comcast Cable, in a statement.

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This marks the second time this week that Comcast has expanded a carriage agreement with a programmer to accommodate a streaming service. On Monday, Comcast and WarnerMedia announced a deal for continued carriage of live and on-demand content from TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TCM, truTV, HLN and CNN en Español for Xfinity TV customers, and to make CNN+ available to its customers via its Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex and XClass TV platforms later in 2022.

“We’re so pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with Comcast and deliver best-in-class storytelling, essential news and premium sports to millions of customers,” said Scott Miller, executive vice president of business and legal affairs at WarnerMedia, in a statement. “It’s an exciting time in our industry as we continue putting consumers at the center of where and how they are informed and entertained. Comcast’s position as both a Pay TV provider and app platform complements our foundational business of linear TV and emerging streaming businesses.”