Dish Network and Nexstar Media Group, the No. 1 U.S. owner of local TV stations, have resolved a carriage dispute that took 164 Nexstar stations and cable network WGN America off the air for more than three weeks. The deal was announced just after 1 a.m. ET on Friday, Christmas Day.
On Tuesday night, Dish and Cox Media agreed to their fourth temporary carriage pact this month, allowing 18 stations to continue in the satcaster’s lineup. (The 18 are owned by Apollo Global Management, an equity firm, but they are managed by Cox Media.)
On Friday, Roku and NBCUniversal reached a deal bringing Peacock, NBCU’s recently launched streaming service, to Roku, while also keeping a number of other NBC apps on the platform.
ViacomCBS said it reached a new multi-year renewal of its carriage agreement with Dish Network. The agreement keeps the ViacomCBS broadcast and cable networks on Dish and its Sling TV virtual multichannel video programming distributors. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Byron Allen has withdrawn his $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit against Comcast. The two parties have entered into a carriage agreement, with the cable company carrying Allen’s 15 TV channels, including The Weather Channel. The deal also includes the distribution of Comedy.TV, Recipe.TV and JusticeCentral.TV on X1, video on demand and TV everywhere.
Resolving a closely tracked negotiation, Comcast and Starz said Monday they have entered into a long-term carriage deal, more than a week before the Dec. 31 expiration date for the previous contract. Along with the pay-TV agreement, a content deal was announced between Starz parent Lionsgate and Comcast’s NBCUniversal. The content pact will see programming from Lionsgate’s library go to NBCU’s forthcoming streaming service Peacock, with NBCU fare streaming on StarzPlay.
MGM-owned Epix has reached an expanded carriage deal with Comcast that will extend the premium network’s reach by adding it to the provider’s premium channel package.
AT&T and Lionsgate-owned Starz have reached a new multi-year carriage deal, avoiding a disruption of the premium network’s offerings on AT&T’s DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-verse cable platforms. The agreement encompasses Starz and Starz Encore linear and HD channels, on-demand and online services.
Epix has closed the final link in the chain. At long last, the pay TV channel owned by MGM has set a distribution pact with AT&T’s DirecTV.
A+E Networks is warning viewers of a possible blackout of A&E Network, Lifetime, History and other channels across DirecTV platforms as the sides go down to the wire on carriage renewal negotiations. DirecTV and A+E Networks are facing a deadline of midnight ET Tuesday to strike a new deal that will keep A+E Networks channels on DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse.
Ending a nearly eight-month standoff, Dish Network and Univision Communications signed a new long-term carriage deal. The companies said restoration of Univision networks and stations on DishLatino and Dish will begin immediately and all pending litigation has been settled.
After negotiating throughout the weekend, AT&T and Viacom announced Monday morning that they had reached an agreement to renew their carriage agreement. Details of the deal were not immediately available.
“Comcast is the largest cable operator and we already have almost all the other major distributors, testifying to the strong demand Newsmax is generating from viewers across the country,” said Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, confirming the agreement.
The deal will cover the carriage of CBS-owned stations and affiliates along with Showtime, CBS Sports Network, CBSN and Pop.
Epix, the premium cable network for now co-owned by Viacom, Lionsage and MGM, has negotiated a carriage agreement with broadband provider CenturyLink.
After striking out with the FCC in a carriage discrimination complaint against Comcast, Spanish-language broadcaster Liberman Broadcasting has struck a carriage deal with the No. 2 pay TV platform, DirecTV. The deal will put network Estrella TV on the program guides of more than 20 million satellite TV customers.
The new multi-year agreement means AT&T DirecTV and U-Verse customers will continue to have access to NBCU broadcast and cable networks live and on-demand through linear TV, online and TV Everywhere apps.
AT&T and Discovery Communications have announced a multi-year carriage extension that will keep Discovery’s linear channels on AT&T U-verse and the DirecTV satellite TV platform, expand TV Everywhere rights, and offer digital rights for the upcoming DirecTV Now live-streaming service.
The No. 3 cable provider, which has 6 million residential and commercial customers, has agreed to carry 22 Viacom channels plus Epix, its joint venture with MGM and Lionsgate. Cox also will offer “an expanded selection” of programs via its on-demand platforms which serve TV and mobile devices.
Viacom shares are up more than 9% following the announcement this morning that its channels will remain on Dish Network for several years — ending a war of words and threats that the programming might go dark.
Talks to hammer out a new carriage agreement between the cable giant and the Fox Sports-owned regional sports network broke down, leading Comcast to pull the plug on the channel that airs the games of the New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets and the NYC Football Club.
Comcast and Discovery Communications announced today that they have signed a long-term, comprehensive renewal of their distribution agreement. The deal spans 12 Discovery U.S. networks across multiple Comcast distribution platforms.
Soon after the FCC approved the AT&T-DirecTV merger, AT&T and Starz reached a new deal for the distribution of such popular shows as Outlander and Power.
Dispatch Broadcast Group’s NBC affil WTHR Indianapolis and CBS affil WBNS Columbus, Ohio, have posted alerts at their websites saying their current carriage deal with Dish expires on Monday, June 15, at 2 p.m. ET, and they “continue to work toward an agreement with Dish and hope to resolve this situation as soon as possible.”
The companies just made the terse announcement that they have “mutually decided to restore service of CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM, HLN, CNN en Espanol and Boomerang, and extend the carriage of TBS and TNT” — but will have no “further comment.”
Dish Network and A+E Networks have agreed to terms for a multi-year contract renewal. This agreement includes OTT multi-stream rights for live and video-on-demand content. It also expands Dish customers’ access to programming on the satellite service through increased distribution of H2 and FYI in the America’s Top 200 programming package, as well as authenticated […]
The Weather Channel agrees to cut its reality programming by 50% and apologizes “for the disruption of our service and for initiating a public campaign.”
DirecTV may be angling to drop The Weather Channel from its lineup, prompting The Weather Channel to launch a PR campaign to try and stop it. The carriage deal between the two parties expires Jan. 14. At risk for The Weather Channel is distribution to DirecTV’s 20 million subscribers.
Some heavy storms may be headed toward the Weather Channel. DirecTV, the satellite broadcaster with more than 20 million subscribers around the country, has quietly started distributing a network called WeatherNation just as its deal to carry the Weather Channel is set to expire.
A month before launching its much publicized all-sports network, Fox has yet to cut carriage deals with three of the country’s four biggest distributors, raising the possibility that its August launch of Fox Sports 1 will fall short of the 90 million homes the channel is expected to have. DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable — representing more than 46 million subscribers — still are negotiating to carry FS1 on Aug. 17, which is when Fox will turn its motorsports channel, Speed, into a multisport network.
The multi-year agreement includes carriage of Univision’s broadcast stations, as well as the network feeds for Univision and UniMás, and the Spanish-language cable network, Galavisión.
It isn’t a la carte but Verizon’s proposal to tie what it pays to carry TV channels to the number of viewers who actually watch is what big media companies might consider “disruptive.”
Entertainment Studios Inc. signed a new multi-year affiliation agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) that includes distribution for the Entertainment Studios cable television networks by NCTC members who elect to carry the networks under the NCTC partnership. “The NCTC plays an important role in representing independent cable operators. Our goal and commitment has […]