FearNet Adds Time Warner Cable SoCal Subs


Horror-tinged programmer FearNet said it has gained new subscribers from Time Warner Cable in Southern California.

The channel, trying to ramp up linear as well as video-on-demand distribution, said it was launched by Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Barstow, Calif., and in Yuma, Ariz. The launches are both linear and VOD, a network rep said.

Last May, the service announced carriage pacts with TWC, part-owner Comcast and Verizon's FiOS TV. At that time, TWC launched FearNet's linear and VOD channels in New York City via a pact that marked a return to Time Warner Cable for FearNet, two years after an earlier carriage deal expired. FearNet also says the national channel is available on Cox Communications and other cabel operators.

Owned by Sony Pictures Television, Comcast and Lionsgate, FearNet has much more extensive distribution as a free VOD service. A year ago, it set a one-year goal of 10 million homes for the full-time channel, compared with 26 million VOD homes.