Outdoor Channel Gets Comcast Deal1/27/2002 7:00 PM Eastern
The Outdoor Channel has forged an analog and digital carriage deal with Comcast Corp.
Comcast set "small benchmarks" in terms of subscribers it has guaranteed to The Outdoor Channel, said CEO Andy Dale. But he was pleased with the pact and with the MSO's even-handedness, as Comcast now owns another network in the genre, Outdoor Life Network.
Last September, Comcast dropped Dale's network in Nashville, Tenn., and added OLN there. The Outdoor Channel lost 30,000 digital subscribers in Nashville.
"We had some concerns about Comcast, and they have put them to rest," Dale said.
With this new carriage deal, Comcast has already rolled out The Outdoor Channel to 85,000 analog homes in Little Rock, Ark.
"Broadly speaking, they made us whole," Dale said.
In a prepared statement, Comcast senior vice president of programming Tom Hurley said the agreement with The Outdoor Channel "will help us continue to increase viewing options for our customers."
The Outdoor Channel, an independent, has 13.5 million subscribers.