TV One Nabs Adelphia Deal

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Fresh off its Jan. 19 launch, TV One Thursday announced a carriage agreement with Adelphia Communications Corp.’s Cleveland cable system.

The deal -- which places the African-American-targeted network on the 250,000-subscriber system’s expanded-basic tier -- is the first non-Comcast Corp. affiliation agreement for the upstart service.

TV One launched on Comcast systems in Atlanta; Detroit and Flint, Mich.; Washington D.C.; and Baltimore, representing 2.2 million subscribers, network officials said.

The network has also reached distribution deals with Comcast systems in Chicago; Oakland, Calif.; and Philadelphia.

"We are delighted that Cleveland’s African-American adult viewers will have access to TV One, and we are especially pleased that they will be able to watch the channel without paying an additional fee," senior vice president of affiliate sales and marketing Bernard Bell said in a prepared statement.

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