Voom Inks Scripps Networks Pact


Scripps Networks’ five cable services have found an HD direct-broadcast satellite home.

Rainbow DBS’ Voom said Wednesday that it has reached an agreement to add Home & Garden Television, Food Network, Do It Yourself, Fine Living and Great American Country to its programming lineup.

The Scripps Networks services join HD networks such as Home Box Office HD, Cinemax HD, ESPN HD, Showtime HD, Starz! HD, Playboy Hot HD, The Movie Channel HD, Bravo HD+, Discovery HD Theater and the Voom HD Originals, 21 channels created by Rainbow Media Enterprises Inc. and available exclusively on Voom.

The Cablevision Systems Corp.-owned DBS provider also offers standard-definition networks including Turner Network Television, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, TBS, Cable News Network, A&E and AMC, as well as over-the-air digital local-broadcast channels delivered in HD where available.

“Voom is committed to offering its customers diverse programming options, and the addition of the five Scripps networks is another significant step toward our goal of providing the best programming available in both HD and SD,” RME CEO Tom Dolan said in a prepared statement.

Scripps Networks executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing John Baird added, “As a leading provider of HD and SD programming, Voom represents an ideal partner for Scripps Networks, particularly as our own high-definition content is under development. Additionally, the agreement with Voom is Scripps Networks’ first five-network deal, including our newest channel, Great American Country.”