Cablevision, NBCU ink TV carriage agreement for VOD, linear & TV Everywhere

Michelle Clancy | 06-11-2012

U.S. MSO Cablevision Systems has inked a multiscreen television carriage deal with NBCUniversal across the media company's sports, news and entertainment broadcast and cable networks. For the first time, Cablevision will be able to offer live NBCU programming for outside of the home streaming, in a boon for its TV Everywhere efforts.

"This agreement ensures our customers will continue to enjoy many of the great networks and brands of cable television for years to come, including NBC, USA, CNBC and Bravo," said Tom Montemagno, Cablevision's senior vice president of programming acquisition. "It also, for the first time, allows us to deliver this programming to our customers outside the home, and we look forward offering a variety of these new NBCUniversal services starting early next year." The companies did not give further details.

In addition to access to live channel access across multiple platforms, the long-term agreement includes rights to on-demand content from NBCUniversal's cable and broadcast network portfolio, including USA, Bravo Media, cloo, Chiller, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, mun2, NBC Sports Network, Oxygen Media, Style Media, Syfy, Telemundo Media and The Golf Channel, as well as Comcast Sports Network Philadelphia.

The agreement also covers retransmission consent for NBC- and Telemundo-owned stations.

"Cablevision has always been a terrific partner to NBCUniversal and I'm thrilled they continue to recognize the worth of our top quality broadcast and cable networks and the value a multi-platform offering brings to their customers," said Matt Bond, Executive Vice President, Content Distribution, NBCUniversal. "This broad agreement validates how content providers and distributors can come together and develop mutually beneficial deals of this magnitude."