Cablevision Systems Corp. and Tribune Media Co. announced today that the two companies have reached agreement on a broad-based multiyear content and media deal.
“Under the agreement, Cablevision’s Optimum TV customers will continue to receive Tribune Media’s television stations in New York (WPIX-TV), Hartford (WTIC-TV and WCCT-TV), and Philadelphia (WPHL-TV). In addition, Cablevision will launch Tribune Media’s general entertainment cable network, WGN America, to its New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut video customers beginning in January of 2016,” the companies announced.
The deal also means Cablevision renews its use of TV listings and movie data from Gracenote, Tribune Media’s digital data and entertainment company. Gracenote data is used to create programming information on the Optimum interactive programming guide, DVR recordings and VOD content on set-top boxes and the Optimum app.
Said Dana Zimmer, president of distribution for Tribune Broadcasting: “Cablevision is a tremendous distribution partner and we are looking forward to bringing WGN America’s new original dramas such as ‘Underground’ and ‘Outsiders’ and exclusive syndicated programming like ‘Elementary’ and ‘Person of Interest’ to new audiences in the nation’s #1 market.”
Zimmer also noted: “In addition, reaching agreement to extend Cablevision’s retransmission of WPIX and our stations in Hartford and Philadelphia ensures that millions of people in the tri-state area will continue to enjoy Mets and Yankees baseball games alongside high-quality local news, sports and entertainment programming for years to come.”
The companies did not disclose financial terms.
Tom Montemagno, executive vice president of programming for Cablevision, added: “We are pleased to extend our long-standing relationship with Tribune Media on both the programming and media side and look forward to providing more compelling content with the addition of WGN America in 2016.”