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Marking a First, Comcast and Time Warner Sign Streaming Deal to Put CNN, TNT and Other Networks Online

Feb 2, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Comcast and Time Warner have agreed to a streaming deal that will place networks TBS, TNT,. Cartoon Network and CNN online, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog, calling the arrangement a first-of-its-kind deal.

The contract is part of the companies’ vision of "TV Everywhere," the idea that people who pay for a TV subscription should be able to watch networks via any screen, the story notes.

The details of the agreement weren’t disclosed, but the deal also renews Comcast’s carriage of some Time Warner networks, it adds.

The contract includes out-of-home streaming of Turner channels and TV shows by Comcast cable subscribers, while also allows for on-demand viewing of many of Turner’s TV shows and movies on devices ranging from TV sets to computers and mobile phones, the story says.

The article adds that it’s unclear whether Comcast is paying a substantial amount for the rights to stream the content.

According to the story, "Jeffrey Bewkes, the chief executive of Time Warner, said in a statement Tuesday, ‘When we first announced the TV Everywhere initiative with Comcast and Brian Roberts 18 months ago, it was an untested idea facing technical doubts and competitive pressures — but already more than 50 million consumers can experience some form of it from a wide range of content providers and distributors. This landmark agreement between Turner and Comcast, along with our separate recent deal between Comcast and HBO, really solidifies our partnership in this effort and really pushes forward the concept of giving consumers more access to quality on-demand content on any device they choose.’ ”

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