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Longhorn Network Signs Distribution Deal With Verizon FiOS
Published August 25, 2011
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LHN will formally launch tomorrow to a handful of subscribers, as ESPN, which is managing the channel, has signed several deals with small distributors in the state, and will be making formal announcements before the launch. The channel is believed to be close to agreeing with Grande Communications, as well, sources said. However, the biggest distributors in Texas appear to be far from a deal, including the state's biggest cable operator, Time Warner Cable, the state's biggest satellite distributor, DirecTV, and the country's biggest cable operator, Comcast. The big distributors have questions over what programming the channel can carry, like high school games and intra-conference matchups. Longhorn Network is seeking $0.40 a subscriber a month from distributors in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.