Newsmax TV said it has reached a carriage agreement with Altice US that will put the conservative news channel in front of the cable operator’s Optimum customers in the New York market initially, expanding to its mostly Midwestern Suddenlink subscribers within one year.
The network said it will be carried as part of Optimum’s expanded basic package in the New York metro area.
Newsmax TV says it is currently available in 65 million U.S. homes and is carried by all major Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs), including DirecTV, Comcast/Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Dish, Sling, TMO/Layer 3, plus more than two dozen other cable systems. The channel says it expects to reach as many as 80 million homes by the end of 2019.
“Altice USA is one of the most influential cable operators in the nation, and we’re proud they chose to make Newsmax part of their line-up,” Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy said in a press release.
"Newsmax is filling a growing demand for more independent perspectives on the news today, and we are pleased to add Altice USA to its growing list of distribution partners," added Cathy Rasenberger, President of Rasenberger Media, who handles Newsmax' distribution efforts in a press release.
Newsmax TV offers about 12 original hours of news and content each day and gives viewers the opportunity to engage in the shows via call-ins, Skype and social media video, and live chat feeds. The channel also provides practical health, finance, and lifestyle segments, as well as news documentaries during overnights and weekends.