Time Warner Cable, Al Jazeera America reach carriage deal

Time Warner Cable will roll out the cable network in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas over the next six months, putting it in 55 million homes.
October 24, 2013

Time Warner Cable (TWC) has reached a carriage deal with news network Al Jazeera America.

Time Warner and Bright House Networks will begin carrying the channel in New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas over the next six months. It will roll out across the United States thereafter, eventually reaching 55 million homes.

“We said in January that we would consider Al Jazeera America. Now that the channel is live, we think that it would be of value to our customers and are pleased to make it available,” said TWC’s EVP, chief video and content officer Melinda Witmer, in a statement.

“We appreciate the vote of confidence that Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have given to our brand of unbiased journalism and look forward to working with them as Al Jazeera America continues to grow,” added Al Jazeera America interim CEO Ehab Al Shihabi.

He told The New York Times that the channel is in “active negotiations” with other cable and satellite distributors.

Headquartered in New York City and with 12 bureaus across the U.S., the channel is owned Qatar-based Al Jazeera Media Network and reaches 250 million homes worldwide.

The network has had a rough entry in the U.S. market. TWC originally dropped Al Jazeera after it took over the low-rated Current network earlier this year.

In August, Al Jazeera sued AT&T for refusing the carry the channel, arguing the company wrongfully terminated their contract. The case continues.

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