NBC, DirecTV Sign Carriage Agreement

Jul 28, 2004  •  Post A Comment

NBC Universal Cable signed a long-term carriage agreement with DirecTV that covers all of the former Universal content except for the cable channel Trio. NBC is in the process of evaluating its plans for Trio, the arts network with about 20 million cable and satellite subscribers. A decision on Trio’s future is expected at the end of the summer. Included in the new agreement are digital retransmission consent for the NBC-owned TV stations, including high-definition coverage of the Athens Olympics; carriage of the USA and Sci Fi channels and carriage of Bravo HD+, the high-definition channel. Also in the deal are pay-per-view rights to first-run Universal Pictures movies and NBCU specials. At the same time NBC Universal Cable and DirecTV extended contracts for Bravo, Telemundo and mun2. Long-term deals are already in place for CNBC, MSNBC, CNBC World and the Olympics. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.