Universal Sports Rolling Out with CenturyLink

Olympic Sports Network Has Already Launched in Several of Distributor's Markets

Universal Sports Network has inked a multiyear carriage agreement with IPTV distributor CenturyLink for its video subscribers in nine markets.

The Olympics sports proponent is now available to CenturyLink Prism TV subscribers in Las Vegas, Phoenix, central North Carolina and southwest Florida, among other areas.

The deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, also assigns CenturyLink full TV Everywhere rights, exclusive video on demand content and Universal Sports Max, a secondary events channel online.

"We are pleased that CenturyLink recognizes the high value of our network’s content, and look forward to providing their customers with unique, exclusive global sports coverage on multiple platforms,” said Universal Sports senior vice president and general counsel Scott Brown in announcing the affiliate pact. “CenturyLink has several influential markets, including Denver, Colorado Springs, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha, where our audience now has another viable choice to get the content they have been demanding.”

Universal Sports Network, a joint venture of Leo Hindery’s InterMedia Partners and NBCUniversal, counts national providers DirecTV and Dish on its affiliate roster. It also has agreements with Cascade Communications and BendBroadband in Oregon; Wave Broadband in California, Oregon and Washington; GCI in Alaska, Hiawatha Broadband Communications in Minnesota; MTC Cable in New York; Waitsfield Cable in Vermont; Hawaiian Telcom; and IPTV distributor SkyAngel.