The Box Inks Time Warner Cable Deal


Miami Beach, Fla. -- The Box has closed a 10-year
corporate-affiliation agreement with Time Warner Cable, building on distribution deals
that it reached recently with Tele-Communications Inc., InterMedia Partners and Comcast
Corp., officials said last week.

With its Time Warner contract, The Box now has long-term
pacts with three of the top four MSOs.

"We anticipate launches in the millions this year
[with Time Warner]," said Alan McGlade, president of The Box.

The MSO plans to use The Box as replacement programming on
adult pay-per-view channels during "safe-harbor hours," according to Time Warner
Cable spokesman Mike Luftman. Under the law, cable operators cannot air adult-PPV
programming before 10 p.m. unless they scramble the signals.

Luftman declined to provide a specific rollout schedule or

The Box, part of TCI Music, will be rolled out in 3 million
TCI homes, including in Seattle and San Francisco. InterMedia plans to launch the network
on systems representing 400,000 homes, while Comcast will give it more than 500,000

The corporate deal with Time Warner paves the way for The
Box to try to regain full-time carriage in Manhattan, where the service was dropped
several years ago. The Box now airs about 30 hours per week in Manhattan by buying time on
a leased-access channel.