Time Warner Cable and Viacom reached a multi-year renewal of their distribution agreement ahead of their Dec. 31 contract expiration. New under the deal is the addition of Epix.
It’s not clear what tiers of service will receive the movie channel, which is expected to launch this spring.
The deal also covers Bright House Networks. TWC will continue to carry Viacom’s channels, including MTV, VH1, CMT and Comedy Central, with the companies noting that the deal includes expansive in- and out-of-home TV Everywhere rights.
“Together we crafted a progressive agreement that is a major step forward for consumers and also a model of collaboration for the multiplatform television industry,” said Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman in a statement. “Our new agreement offers consumers a comprehensive collection of innovations across platforms, including the availability of EPIX and access to Viacom’s vast array of popular content within the Television Everywhere environment both in and out of their homes."
Time Warner Cable’s chief video and content officer Melinda Witmer: ““We’re working hard to provide our customers with easier access to the content they love; this agreement will provide a more expansive offering to a wide array of our customers, from parents of young children to comedy and movie lovers and more.”