One white whale down, one to go.
The NFL Network has signed a long-term distribution agreement with Cablevision Systems Corp., leaving Time Warner Cable as the only major pay-TV distributor that isn't carrying the sports channel.
The deal between the NFL and New York-based Cablevision puts the cable channel in over 60 million homes. Cablevision has 3 million subscribers, mostly in the New York City area. A spokesman for the cable operator said a significant number of its customers will get the channel as part of their basic package. Those that don't will have to buy a specialty tier of sports channels to get NFL Network.
Cablevision will also offer NFL RedZone, a Sunday-afternoon-only network that shows action from live games whenever a team is on the verge of scoring.