“CBS affiliates have agreed to let the network negotiate digital distribution deals on their behalf, enabling them to juggle their involvement with CBS All Access and other streaming services such as Hulu With Live TV and YouTube TV,” David Lieberman reports for Deadline.

“The arrangement follows similar ones Disney reached with ABC affiliates and NBCUniversal made with NBC outlets,” Lieberman reports, “though CBS negotiated deals for affiliated local stations to work with Sony’s PlayStation Vue.”

MacDailyNews Take: Which explains why we’ve always had our local CBS affiliate via our PlayStation Vue accounts.

Lieberman reports, “The collaborations make it easier for new services to offer network programming nationwide without having to make dozens of separate agreements with owners of the local stations that have the right to offer CBS in their markets.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This also removes a major impediment to Apple, hopefully, inking their own skinny bundle deals.

For now, Sony’s PlayStation Vue app remains our top choice for Apple TV cord-cutters.

SEE ALSO:
Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way – April 10, 2017
YouTube TV launches in select U.S. markets – April 5, 2017
Record live TV without a cable subscription – March 23, 2017
Making sense of myriad cord-cutting options – March 17, 2017
The ultimate cable television cord cutting solution for Apple TV owners – February 17, 2017
Sony releases PlayStation Vue app for Apple TV – November 17, 2016

Apple TV trails Roku, Amazon FireTV and Google Chromecast with 5% of all U.S. households with WiFi – April 3, 2017
Apple hires Amazon’s Fire TV head to run Apple TV business – February 8, 2017
‘The Grand Tour’ smashes Amazon streaming record – November 22, 2016
Jeremy Clarkson confirms new post-Top Gear Amazon Prime show will be in 4K – November 20, 2015
Apple TV and the 4K Ultra HD conundrum – October 8, 2015
Amazon unveils $100 Fire TV box 4K video support, Alexa voice control – September 17, 2015
Apple made ‘audacious bid’ for Top Gear trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May, but lost out to Bezos’ Amazon – September 1, 2015
Apple’s move into content creation could devastate Netflix and Amazon
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Why would Apple want to make their own movies and TV shows? – September 1, 2015
Apple exploring entry into original entertainment production – August 31, 2015
Top Gear’s Clarkson, Hammond and May sign with Amazon Prime for new show to debut in 2016 – July 30, 2015

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “David G.” for the heads up.]