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CES: Moonves: CBS OTT Offering Not Just Retrans Weapon

CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves conceded "it's not bad" to own an OTT service like CBS All-Access when striking carriage deals with MVPDs, but he insisted the service is more of a supplementary offering to ensure CBS content reaches cord-free audiences.

"We don't care how or when you watch out content, we just want you to watch it," he said during a BrandMatters keynote conversation with MediaLink CEO Michael Kassen.

As committed as CBS remains to the offering, which launched last fall, Moonves continued, "We like the ecosystem like it is and we hope it stays that way."

The 30-minute session largely served as a platform for Moonves to promote the viability of broadcast TV. The only ripple in the pond concerned ratings and measurement.In particular, Moonves derided overnight ratings as "antiquated" and "basically worthless." Aside from movie advertising and other time-sensitive advertising, "we just want to focus on delivering the best-quality programming that we can and we are not especially concerned about when it is viewed. We just want Nielsen or whoever it is to count it so we can get paid."