NEW YORK, April 13, 2017 – NBC and the NBC Television Affiliates Board announced today an agreement has been reached for opting in to NBCUniversal’s carriage agreements with new “Over the Top” streaming services, and TVE distribution rights for pay TV subscribers.
“We are happy to once again reinforce NBC’s commitment to and recognition of the value of the affiliate partnership and that of local broadcasters. This agreement in the digital space reaffirms that commitment,” said Jean Dietze President NBC Affiliate Relations.
Discussions between NBC and the NBC Affiliate Board regarding OTT and TVE distribution rights have been in the works over the last several months and this agreement sets NBC and NBC affiliates at the forefront for the future of local television distribution.
"We are excited to take the important step of planting local Affiliates linear feeds in a position to join the Over the Top space, along with our network partners,” said Ralph Oakley, Chairman of the NBC Affiliates. “We believe that OTT distribution can play an important role in ensuring the growth and development of local, network-affiliated television stations. We appreciate NBC's forward-looking approach to growing our historic partnership."