NBCU, Cable ONE resolve retrans row

DetailsEditor | 03 January 2015

Only hours before the bells were ringing to usher in 2015, NBCUniversal and Cable ONE resolved what would have been the first, of what will likely be many, retrans row of the year.

After the traditional period of protracted discussions, the companies announced that they had come to an agreement on a carriage deal, averting a blackout of NBCU networks, including USA, Syfy, CNBC, among others. Cable ONE serves around 730,000 customers in 19 states, and has already been blooded in retrans combat, ending in April 2014 its previous relationship with Viacom.

Commenting on the deal in an official statement, NBCUniversal said: “[We] are pleased to have reached an agreement for carriage of USA, Syfy, Bravo, E!, Esquire Network, Oxygen, Sprout, Chiller, Cloo, CNBC, MSNBC, NBCSN, The Golf Channel, mun2, Telemundo and NBC, and Universal HD…This agreement confirms the value of the entire NBCUniversal portfolio. NBCUniversal looks forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with Cable ONE and ensuring that our loyal viewers will always have access to our valuable programming.”