Anaheim, Calif. -- Odyssey Channel has signed an expanded
multiyear affiliation renewal with Tele-Communications Inc. that will increase the
network's distribution to 85 percent of the MSO's analog subscriber base, officials said
Odyssey has also reached an agreement with Time Warner
Cable, which will roll out the network to almost 500,000 subscribers in central Florida
starting in January. Some of the communities covered by that launch include Orange,
Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, Marion and Sumpter.
The TCI renewal isn't surprising, since one of Odyssey's
owners is Liberty Media Corp., a TCI subsidiary. But The Jim Henson Co. and Hallmark
Entertainment recently took a stake in Odyssey, and they plan to relaunch the network next
April, revamping its schedule in part with programming from their libraries.
"The unique blend of diverse interfaith programming
with the quality and appeal of Hallmark and Henson Productions will be welcomed by our
communities, who are looking for a television programming service which has a solid
commitment to faith-and-values entertainment," John Rigsby, division president of
Time Warner Communications, said in a prepared statement.