DirecTV Adds Titles, Time Warner Cuts Ovation
Some pay TV company add, while others take away, this holiday season. First, DirecTV has "added on-demand titles from more than 30 networks to its TV Everywhere website and apps, through deals with media companies including A+E Networks, Scripps Networks Interactive, Showtime Networks, Smithsonian Channel and Viacom Media Networks," writes Todd Spangler in Multichannel News.
But Time Warner Cable is dropping small station Ovation from its line-up at the end of the year -- "a blow to the independent network that has attempted to elevate TV coverage of the arts and contemporary culture," writes Meg James. Time Warner said the "decision came down to simple economics. There hasn't been enough demand for the channel, which was seeking a modest rate increase when negotiations over a new distribution agreement stalled several months ago."