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Time Warner Cable And Viacom dodge blackout with Xmas deal

Over Christmas, Time Warner Cable and Viacom announced the multi-year renewal of their distribution agreement, which will allow Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to continue delivery of the entire portfolio of Viacom networks to their subscribers and provides an enriched multiplatform experience to a vast library of popular on-demand content, most significantly avoiding a blackout of 19 cable channels including MTV and Comedy Central..

The multiplatform agreement provides for continued carriage of Viacom’s channels and content across linear television in both SD and HD, VOD, authenticated websites and apps.  Along with the TWC TV app, subscribers will be able to enjoy on-demand content within apps from Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, CMT, and Comedy Central.

As part of an expansion of Time Warner Cable’s arrangements with Viacom and its studio partners, Time Warner Cable will for the first time make the entertainment network EPIX available to its subscribers under the terms of the agreement.  A leader in multiplatform availability, EPIX will deliver approximately 3,000 titles on demand to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks digital customers.  EPIX programming features recent movies and classic film franchises including top blockbuster movies 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 Sportsand music and comedy events featuring such performers as Madonna, P!NK, Ben Stiller, Seth Meyers and Patton Oswalt.

“We’re committed to serving our audiences on every screen, as they continue to drive the evolution of how video content is experienced,” says Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom. “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 multiplatform 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.”

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