Charter, NBCU Reach Carriage Pact

Deal comes after lengthy extension

Charter Communications has quietly reached a carriage deal with NBC Universal, more than two weeks after the network granted an extension to the distributor as they hammered out an agreement.

NBC Universal includes about 28 owned and operated NBC and Telemundo TV stations as well as more than a dozen cable networks, including MSNBC, Syfy, USA Network, Bravo and CNBC. Just how many of those properties are included in the deal could not be determined. In an e-mail, NBC Universal Content Distribution vice president of communications Caley Gray confirmed that a carriage deal has been done, but offered no other details.

Charter declined to comment on its NBCU negotiations.

News of the deal was first reported by

The Charter deal was scheduled to expire at midnight on Jan. 1, but the cable operator was granted an extension as negotiations continued. 

The carriage deal comes as Charter has begun the third phase of the transition of its former Time Warner Cable systems to the Spectrum brand. The other two phases were Southern California and Texas in September and New York City, Lincoln, Neb., and all the former Bright House Network operations in Florida and California in November.

According to Charter VP of field communications Rich Ruggiero, this week the company will introduce the Spectrum brand, packaging and pricing throughout the following former TWC markets:

Midwest: Ohio (including Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus), Kentucky (including Lexington and Louisville), Wisconsin (including Green Bay and Milwaukee), Kansas City, Erie (Pa.) and some smaller systems in Indiana and West Virginia.

Charter completed its purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House in May.