After a 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.
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.
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
Last 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