Time Warner Cable, Viacom Sign Carriage Agreement

Deal Involves Cable Nets, Epix

Time Warner Cable continued its flurry of year-end carriage deals, agreeing to a long-term multiplatform agreement with Viacom that includes the programmer’s flagship cable channels as well as its movie service, Epix.

The multiplatform agreement, which also includes Bright House Networks, provides for continued carriage of Viacom’s channels and content across linear television in both SD and HD, VOD, authenticated websites and apps. Along with the TWC TV app, subscribers will have access to on-demand content within apps from Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, CMT, and Comedy Central.

As part of an expansion of Time Warner Cable’s arrangements with Viacom and its studio partners, Time Warner Cable will for the first time make the entertainment network Epix available to its subscribers under the terms of the agreement. EPIX will deliver approximately 3,000 titles on demand to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks digital customers.

“We’re committed to serving our audiences on every screen, as they continue to drive the evolution of how video content is experienced,” Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said in a statement. “TWC is equally passionate about its customers and together we crafted a progressive agreement that is a major step forward for consumers and also a model of collaboration for the multiplatform television industry. Our new agreement offers consumers a comprehensive collection of innovations across platforms, including the availability of EPIX and access to Viacom’s vast array of popular content within the Television Everywhere environment both in and out of their homes.”

 This is the second carriage deal that TWC has reached in the past two days. On Dec. 23, TWC agreed to a retransmission consent deal with Tribune.

“We’re pleased to have reached agreement in advance of our deadline,” TWC Executive Vice President and Chief Video and Content Officer Melinda Witmer said in a statement. “We’re working hard to provide our customers with easier access to the content they love; this agreement will provide a more expansive offering to a wide array of our customers, from parents of young children to comedy and movie lovers and more.”

Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.