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Touchdown! Time Warner Cable Signs Multiyear Carriage Deal With NFL Network

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Time Warner Cable was the final remaining holdout among cable operators
After 10 years, Time Warner Cable and NFL Network finally have agreed to a carriage deal, according to multiple sources. The deal has not been signed, but the two sides have agreed to terms that should see NFL Network and NFL RedZone launch by this Sunday's NFL games. The deal, which was first reported by Bloomberg, could be announced as soon as Friday afternoon. Sources said TWC will carry NFL Network on its digital basic tier and will carry NFL RedZone on its sports tier. Bright House Network and former Insight subscribers also will get access to both networks, but it is not known where they will reside. As with most cable carriage agreements, the deal is for multiple years. TWC was the final remaining holdout among cable operators in refusing to cut a carriage deal. Cablevision last month signed a deal for NFL Network and NFL RedZone. The network increased its live game schedule from eight to 13 games this season, a fact one source pointed to as a potential reason for a deal getting cut. TWC was close to a deal to carry the channels last year, but talks blew up at the last minute over digital rights -- TWC wanted more than NFL Network was willing to provide, sources said. It is not clear how those digital rights are allocated in this new deal.
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