Thursday it was announced that Turner Broadcasting System and the National Cable Television Cooperative, the purchasing group for small and medium-sized cable operators, have reached a carriage agreement. Terms of the deal were not publicly disclosed.
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Under the terms of the agreement, Turner’s diverse portfolio of networks including CNN, HLN, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), truTV, CNN International, CNN en Español and Boomerang will continue to be carried by NCTC’s nearly 1,000 independent cable operator members nationwide.
“The extension of our comprehensive renewal agreement with the NCTC highlights the growing value of the Turner portfolio and drives home our commitment to deliver marquee content to their customers,” said Turner Broadcasting president of sales, distribution and sports, David Levy in a statement. “We’re proud to continue our long relationship with the NCTC and the viewers they serve.”
This deal allows smaller cable companies to continue to compete with the larger major players like AT&T U-Verse, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications, which is a benefit for all cable customers, as it keeps cable TV providers from continually raising prices in areas where there is competition. For example, in the Chicago area a number of smaller providers also operate, preventing Comcast from having a monopoly in many parts of the metropolitan area.
Turner Broadcasting’s portfolio of networks also has something for everyone. TNT has original drama series and is a major carrier for the NBA, with the best sports pregame and postgame show in Inside the NBA featuring Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and the inimitable Charles Barkley. TBS has comedies and Major League Baseball. Cartoon Network has kids’ programming during the day and the underground cartoons of Adult Swim in the evening. Turner Classic Movies is perfect for any movie buff.
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