New Orleans -- Cable One Inc. and Fox Cable Networks Group Monday announced a new
affiliation agreement covering both the new Speed Channel (the relaunched
Speedvision) and 16-month-old National Geographic Channel.
Both networks' subscriber bases will grow by more than 350,000, raising
Speed's overall distribution to 51 million subscribers and National Geographic's
commitments to 49 million subscribers overall, Fox said. With Cable One, Speed
will have distribution on all of the top 10 MSOs, plus satellite carriers
DirecTV Inc. and Dish Network.
Nat Geo also has carriage or commitments for carriage by the top 10 MSOs,
except for Cox Communications Inc.
In a news release, Cable One vice president of strategic marketing Jerry
McKenna said: 'National Geographic Channel has proved to the industry and to Cable One that
it deserves a major place among subscribers' alternatives, and its overall
quality and credibility -- especially in the realm of multiculturalism so
important today -- is a great addition to our Cable One systems. And in the past
few months, Speed Channel has very dramatically improved upon its past
incarnation, and deftly added the power and popularity of NASCAR [the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing] to an already
enviable motor sports lineup. We're very pleased to have them both.'
Nat Geo is a co-venture between National Geographic Television and Fox Cable
Networks Group. Fox Cable Networks Group assumed management of the former
Speedvision in July 2001.