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NBCU, NCTC Reach Carriage Deal

Agreement Includes Cable, Broadcast Stations 12/31/2012 4:56 AM Eastern

NBC Universal said Monday that it has reached a comprehensive carriage agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) which includes the programming giant’s cable and broadcast properties as well as a first-ever retransmission consent deal for NBC and Telemundo owned stations.

The announcement follows similar deals between NBCU and Cablevision Systems, Mediacom, Suddenlink and Verizon.

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, NCTC's nearly 1,000 independent cable operator members nationwide will carry NBCU cable and broadcast programming. Included in the deal are rights to carry the Olympic Games, as well as on-demand content from NBCUniversal’s cable and broadcast network portfolio, and access to live channels across multiple platforms, both in and out of the home.

"NCTC’s members will continue to have access to the best English and Spanish language cable network and broadcast programming,” said NBCU executive vice president, content distribution Matt Bond in a statement. “This agreement reflects NCTC’s understanding of the value that NBC Universal delivers to their members.”

The deal includes all of  NBCUniversal’s national cable networks --  Bravo, cloo, Chiller, CNBC, CNBC World, E!, G4, Golf Channel, MSNBC, mun2, NBC Sports Network, Oxygen, Sprout, Style, Syfy, Telemundo, Universal HD and USA.

 “NCTC is pleased to extend our long relationship with NBCUniversal and provide members continued access to their linear networks, said NCTC executive vice president of programming Judy Meyka in a statement. I”n addition, we are excited to add NBCU’s broad portfolio of on-demand content for multiple platforms to the agreement. We had over 80 members participate in delivering the 2012 Olympics to multiple platforms, demonstrating that members have both the capability and interest in serving customers on new platforms. Including retransmission consent for NBC and Telemundo owned stations is another valued addition to this agreement.”

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