Univision Inks Broad Affiliate Renewal with Time Warner Cable

Deal Also Includes Carriage of Cable Sports, News and Novella Nets; Launch of Rodriguez's El Rey

Univision Communications and Time Warner Cable have inked a far-reaching renewal contract that also provides for the launch of a quartet of new cable services.

The multiyear, multiplatform pact, financial terms of which were not disclosed, will provide berths for Univision’s dedicated sports, news and novella cable networks on Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network systems. Moreover, the MSOs will carry Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network, when it launches later this year.

The deal, which the parties said came ahead of any immediate expirations of their extant affiliate agreement, also covers extensions for Univision’s flagship broadcast and cable networks – Univision Network, UniMás, Galavisión, De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Distrito Comedia. Retransmission-consent renewal for Univision owned-and-operated stations in the MSOs’ footprints are also covered.

Under the contract, Time Warner Cable’s customers will also gain access to content for digital platforms and VOD, which includes additional “TV Everywhere” fare for TWC TV’s out-of-home platforms and authenticated access to Univision’s UVideos and Univision Deportes digital properties.

Moreover, Time Warner Cable and Univision’s Television Group have reached a first-of-its-kind local news partnership to better serve Hispanic audiences in Los Angeles, New York and other shared markets.

Univision Deportes Network and Univision tlNovelas will be available this week on Time Warner Cable and Bright House systems in most Univision markets. TWC and Bright House -- the former negotiates programming deals for the latter -- join DirecTV, Dish, Cox, Cablevision, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS in offering the sports and novella networks, as well as news channel, FOROtv.

Created and programmed by filmmaker Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, El Rey is a fledgling English-language entertainment cable network geared toward young-adult audiences; it is slated to launch at year-end.

“We were delighted to be able to work out our early renewal and expand our business relationship with Univision,” said Melinda Witmer, executive vice president, chief video and content officer for Time Warner Cable, in announcing the pact. “Our comprehensive agreement expands the number of ways our Hispanic subscribers can enjoy their favorite entertainment, news, sports and telenovelas.  We also look forward to the launch of El Rey. After talking with Robert and his creative team for more than a year, we're convinced that this new network will provide our customers with a unique experience." 

Noted Tonia O’Connor, president, content distribution and corporate business development, Univision Communications: “This agreement further demonstrates Time Warner Cable’s strong commitment to providing Hispanic audiences with the content they love most. Hispanics represent a significant growth opportunity for distributors and our goal in this highly competitive environment is to build long-term partnerships, that tap into the power of our brand, deliver top quality programming and leverage our exhaustive range of multiplatform offerings."