Time Warner Cable and Viacom Tuesday reached a multi-year renewal of their distribution agreement with days to spare, allowing the cable provider and Bright House Networks to continue carriage of Viacom’s entire portfolio.
Under the terms, Time Warner Cable will continue distribution of Viacom’s channels and content across linear television in both SD and HD, VOD, and authenticated websites and apps, such as the TWC TV app. Subscribers will be able to enjoy on-demand content within apps from Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, CMT, and Comedy Central.
Also, in an expansion of the prior arrangement, Time Warner Cable will for the first time make the entertainment network EPIX available to its customers.
EPIX will deliver roughly 3,000 titles on-demand to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks digital customers. The network features recent movies and classic film franchises including “The Hunger Games,” “Skyfall”, “World War Z” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” as well as original documentaries such as “TWA Flight 800” and “Schooled: The Price of College Sports.” EPIX also features music and comedy events featuring such performers as Madonna, P!NK, Ben Stiller, Seth Meyers and Patton Oswalt.
Philippe Dauman, president and chief executive officer of Viacom, said, “We’re committed to serving our audiences on every screen, as they continue to drive the evolution of how video content is experienced. TWC is equally passionate about its customers and together we crafted a progressive agreement that is a major step forward for consumers and also a model of collaboration for the multi-platform television industry. Our new agreement offers consumers a comprehensive collection of innovations across platforms, including the availability of EPIX and access to Viacom’s vast array of popular content within the Television Everywhere environment both in and out of their homes.”
“We’re pleased to have reached agreement in advance of our deadline,” added Melinda Witmer, executive vice president and chief video and content officer for Time Warner Cable. “We’re working hard to provide our customers with easier access to the content they love; this agreement will provide a more expansive offering to a wide array of our customers, from parents of young children to comedy and movie lovers and more.”
Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.