NCTC Signs Carriage Deal with A&E Nets


The National Cable Television Cooperative has reached a
carriage agreement with A&E Television Networks for A&E Network and spinoffs The
Biography Channel and History Channel International, as well as renewing a deal for The
History Channel, officials said last week.

The NCTC, which represents systems with more than 10
million subscribers, has had a carriage deal with History since its launch four-and-a-half
years ago. History is one of the most launched networks among NCTC subscribers.

In a prepared statement, NCTC president Mike Pandzik said,
"Our members have been strong supporters of The History Channel, and adding an
agreement with A&E, the company's flagship network, and their new networks, The
Biography Channel and History Channel International, will reinforce the commitment made by
members to these networks."

A&E, which is partially owned by The Walt Disney Co.,
was one of the last holdouts in terms of programming services that didn't have
distribution agreements with the co-op. Last year, the NCTC finally forged deals with
several other Disney networks -- ESPN, Disney Channel and their spinoffs -- that didn't
have pacts with the buying co-op.

This year, the NCTC did a deal with Headend in the Sky, the
digital platform that is carrying Biography and History International, among other

The co-op's announcement didn't specify if its A&E
deals call for Biography and History International to be carried on analog or digital.

In a prepared statement, A&E Networks CEO Nickolas
Davatzes said, "The NCTC has proven to be a valuable partner with The History
Channel, and we look forward to a strong relationship between the NCTC and A&E
Television Networks."