Turner, AT&T Renew Carriage Deal

Comprehensive pact includes carriage on OTT service DirecTV Now
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AT&T has reached a multi-year, multiplatform carriage renewal agreement with Turner’s portfolio of networks including TNT, TBS and CNN, for its U-Verse and DirecTV satellite TV services as well as its anticipated OTT offerings, DirecTV Now and DirecTV Freeview.

The deal also includes comprehensive TV Everywhere rights.

"Turner's goal as a consumer-first media company is to make our content available everywhere our audience is, and this expansive deal with AT&T helps deliver on that promise by having our leading portfolio of popular networks and premium programming available on more services and platforms than ever before," said Turner president David Levy in a statement. "We're pleased to further our relationship with AT&T and look forward to providing our leading and in-demand networks and programming to AT&T as they launch additional consumer offerings to their expansive subscriber base."

This is the third carriage renewal deal AT&T has made in the past month, after deals with  NBC Universal and Discovery Communications. Earlier in the year it signed a carriage deal with HBO and Cinemax.

"The Turner agreement adds more premium content to our already robust line-up of DirecTV Now channels available to customers when it launches this year," said AT&T chief content officer Dan York in a statement. "We're also pleased to extend our relationship with Turner and provide our customers with access to its content across all AT&T platforms and products."

DirecTV Now, launching in the fourth quarter of this year, will offer customers more than 100 channels, including live and on-demand programming from top networks, as well as premium add-on options. AT&T and DirecTV customers will be able to access and stream the service over a wired or wireless Internet connection using a variety of connected devices without requiring additional hardware, satellites, long-term contracts or credit checks.