tumultuous year of TV carriage drama, Time Warner Cable and Viacom somewhat quietly have completed a multi-year renewal deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The companies say it
includes carriage of Viacom's channels and content across all linear television in both SD and HD, video-on-demand and authenticated Web sites and apps.
This means through the TWC TV
app, subscribers can also get on-demand content from Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, CMT, and Comedy Central apps. It also includes, for the first time, a deal for the pay movie channel EPIX.
week, Time Warner Cable inked a multi-year retransmission distribution deal with Tribune Company for its TV stations.
In August, Time Warner Cable underwent a high-profile, protracted
negotiation with CBS where its channels were off the cable operator for a month. CBS was pushing for higher per subscriber fees -- especially for the CBS network.
CBS had been paid around
50 cents per subscriber per month from many cable, satellite and telco TV/video distribution deals, according to analysts, in retrans fees for its CBS TV stations. The deal with Time Warner Cable is
said to escalate to around $2.00 and more over a number of years.
Time Warner Cable reported it lost a massive 306,000 subscribers in the third quarter.
More recently, Time
Warner Cable, the second-largest U.S. cable TV operators has been subjected to rumors that Charter, the fourth-largest, and Comcast Corp., the biggest U.S. cable TV company, were considering a
takeover of the company.