Time Warner Cable, Viacom seal multi-platform distribution deal
Joseph O'Halloran | 27-12-2013
Slipping just under the Christmas radar, Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Viacom have announced the multi-year renewal of their distribution agreement.
Under the terms of the deal, Viacom will gain in- and out-of-home TV everywhere rights for networks, and carriage, for the first time, of the EPIX Premium Entertainment Network for TWC and Bright House Networks subscribers. It also provides TWC and Bright House Networks with continued carriage of Viacom's channels and content across linear television in both SD and HD, video-on-demand (VOD), authenticated websites and apps. Along with the TWC TV app, subscribers will be able to enjoy on-demand content within apps from Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, CMT and Comedy Central.
EPIX will deliver approximately 3,000 titles on-demand to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks digital customers including blockbuster movies The Hunger Games, Skyfall, World War Z and Star Trek: Into Darkness as well as original documentaries such as TWA Flight 800 and Schooled: The Price of College Sports and music and comedy events featuring such performers as Madonna, P!NK, Ben Stiller, Seth Meyers and Patton Oswalt.
"We're committed to serving our audiences on every screen, as they continue to drive the evolution of how video content is experienced,” commented Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman. “TWC is equally passionate about its customers and together we crafted a progressive agreement that is a major step forward for consumers and also a model of collaboration for the multi-platform television industry. Our new agreement offers consumers a comprehensive collection of innovations across platforms, including the availability of EPIX and access to Viacom's vast array of popular content within the television everywhere environment both in and out of their homes."
"We're pleased to have reached agreement in advance of our deadline," added Melinda Witmer, executive vice president and chief video and content officer for Time Warner Cable. "We're working hard to provide our customers with easier access to the content they love; this agreement will provide a more expansive offering to a wide array of our customers, from parents of young children to comedy and movie lovers and more."