November 5, 2012 |
Cablevision Systems Corp. has signed a long-term distribution deal to carry broadcast and cable networks owned by Comcast's NBCUniversal unit. The agreement includes broadcast networks NBC and Telemundo as well as cable channels USA, Bravo, MSNBC, CNBC and NBC Sports Network. Cablevision has more than 3 million subscribers, primarily in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The NBCUniversal accord is Cablevision's third in recent months with a major content supplier. It has also signed agreements with CBS and Walt Disney Co. All the deals were reached without customers losing any signals, which often happens during these negotiations, including when Cablevision and News Corp.
October 12, 2012 |
It's a big day for the over-50 crowd. RLTV, a cable network that caters to older viewers with a mix of news, talk and reality fare, landed a major distribution deal that will substantially boost the tiny channel's distribution. Currently available in just 15 million homes, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are adding RLTV to its digital service starting in December. The new deals should increase the number of homes that can get RLTV to 25 million. "This is a significant milestone," said RLTV President Paul Fitzpatrick.
September 12, 2012 |
Google is ready for some "Monday Night Football. " Walt Disney Co. has struck a distribution deal with Google Fiber to add its cable networks, including ESPN, ABC Family and Disney Channel, to the new broadband pay-TV service the search-engine giant is launching in the Midwest. For Google, getting the Disney properties will be key to competing against Time Warner Cable and satellite broadcasters DirecTV and Dish. Google Fiber is being unveiled in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. In both cities, Time Warner Cable is the major multichannel video program distributor.
August 30, 2012 |
TELLURIDE, Colo. - Keller Doss, a retired oil industry lawyer, is a Telluride Film Festival stalwart. The Texas movie buff first came on a lark two decades ago, camping in a park in this mountain resort town. He's been 19 out of the last 20 years and attends the screenings with a couple he befriended on his very first stay. Because organizers don't announce the lineup until the eve of the festival, Doss has to buy his tickets on faith. But he doesn't mind. "I just trust these guys to put on films that I'm going to like," said Doss, 61, who lives in the small West Texas town of Marfa, which he said "is about 400 miles away" from the nearest art house cinema, in Austin.
August 28, 2012 |
Time Warner Cable found an unusual way to land programming for its regional sports channel in Southern California. College football and basketball games from San Diego State, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Fresno State will appear Time Warner Cable SportsNet, which launches in October and is already home to the Lakers and the Galaxy. To get the rights, Time Warner Cable had to do a little wheeling and dealing with CBS. According to people familiar with the matter, CBS Sports Network, a cable channel that focuses primarily on college sports, agreed to swap the rights to the games in return for greater distribution on Time Warner Cable systems.
July 19, 2012 |
SpongeBob SquarePants is getting the life squeezed out of him. Ratings have plummeted more than 20% at Nickelodeon, home of "SpongeBob SquarePants," "iCarly" "Dora the Explorer" and other popular shows, in the week after satellite broadcaster DirecTV stopped carrying the kids' channel. Other Viacom Inc.-owned networks, including MTV, Comedy Central and VH1, have also seen their ratings fall since disappearing from the homes of about 20 million DirecTV subscribers. The two companies have been arguing over terms for a new distribution deal.