Grande Adds Pop TV, Fantasy Sports Network

Channels to debut Oct.1
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Grande Communications, fresh off its $640 million purchase by TPG Communications, said it has reached a carriage agreement with Pop TV and Fantasy Sports Network that will make the channels available to its Texas customers Oct. 1.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Grande said the networks will be available to its customers in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Midland, Odessa, San Antonio, San Marcos, Temple, and Waco, Texas.

Pop TV is a joint venture of CBS and Lionsgate, focused primarily on popular culture. The channel provides syndicated re-runs and original programming like Sing It On (slated for 2017), Hollywood Darlings and The Joey McIntyre Project. Grande’s residential customers with the Premier TV package, the Variety and Sports Plus Paks and business customers with Digital Cable will automatically receive the network.

Fantasy Sports Network focuses entirely on fantasy sports programming and will automatically be added to the channel lineup for customers with the Residential Ultra Sports Pak or the Business Sports Tier package. 

In August, private equity firm TPG agreed to purchase Grande and RCN for a combined $2.25 billion. 

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