Time Warner Cable and Univision Communications Announce Comprehensive Multi-Year, Multi-Platform Distribution Agreement
Early Renewal of Agreement Includes Distribution of Univision Deportes Network, Univision tlNovelas and FOROtv as well as El Rey Network from Filmmaker Robert RodriguezBack
Time Warner Cable and Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced a multi-year, multi-platform agreement to deliver even more Univision content to Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks subscribers.
The agreement, which comes well in advance of the expiration of the parties’ existing agreement, will bring a comprehensive selection of Hispanic networks and content to Time Warner Cable customers, including Univision’s new networks: Univision Deportes, Univision tlNovelas and FOROtv. Time Warner Cable will also be among the first distributors to carry the El Rey Network. Created and programmed by renowned filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, El Rey is a new English-language entertainment cable network geared towards young-adult audiences launching at the end of 2013. This multiplatform deal will provide Time Warner Cable’s customers access to a robust offering of content for digital platforms and VOD, which includes additional “TV Everywhere” content for TWC TV’s out-of-home platforms and authenticated access to Univision’s UVideos and Univision Deportes digital properties.
The expanded partnership also includes renewed distribution rights for Univision’s flagship broadcast and cable networks – Univision Network, UniMás, Galavisión, De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Distrito Comedia. In addition, Time Warner Cable and Univision’s Television Group have reached a first-of-its-kind local news partnership to better serve Hispanic audiences in Los Angeles, New York and other shared markets.
“We were delighted to be able to work out our early renewal and expand our business relationship with Univision,” said Melinda Witmer, Executive Vice President, Chief Video and Content Officer for Time Warner Cable. “Our comprehensive agreement expands the number of ways our Hispanic subscribers can enjoy their favorite entertainment, news, sports and telenovelas. We also look forward to the launch of El Rey; after talking with Robert and his creative team for more than a year, we're convinced that this new network will provide our customers with a unique experience."
“This agreement further demonstrates Time Warner Cable’s strong commitment to providing Hispanic audiences with the content they love most,” said Tonia O’Connor, President, Content Distribution and Corporate Business Development, Univision Communications Inc. “Hispanics represent a significant growth opportunity for distributors and our goal in this highly competitive environment is to build long-term partnerships, that tap into the power of our brand, deliver top quality programming and leverage our exhaustive range of multi-platform offerings."
“Time Warner Cable's commitment to El Rey emboldens our ability to bring exciting, visceral and cinematic stories to young viewers across the U.S. We are thrilled to be riding with TWC in our mission to deliver entertainment that captures the inclusive spirit of our audiences," said Robert Rodriguez, Chairman, El Rey Network. Univision Deportes Network and Univision tlNovelas will be available this week on Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in most Univision markets, and El Rey will be available soon after its launch at the end of 2013. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.twc.com, www.twcbc.com and www.twcmedia.com.
About Univision Communications
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching approximately 96% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 89% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional suite of six cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Distrito Comedia; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company’s platforms; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 69 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; UVideos, the first bilingual digital network serving Hispanic America offering popular Univision and new original and third-party programming, to be an on-demand service on whatever device audiences choose; and Interactive, a network of digital products and offerings including Univision.com, which continues to be, the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, Univision Móvil, a longstanding industry-leader with unique, relevant mobile products and services; and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit Univision.net.
About Bright House Networks
Bright House Networks is the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S. and the second largest in Florida, with technologically advanced systems located in five states including Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California and two of the top 20 DMAs.
Bright House Networks serves approximately 2.5 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data, home security and automation and voice services. Bright House Networks Business Solutions offers a strong portfolio of video, voice, data, and cloud-based solutions to the small and medium business segments. In addition, Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions provides advanced, fiber-based telecommunication services to key industry verticals in the mid-market and carrier segments, including cloud-based hosted voice, managed security, and cell backhaul to wireless carriers. The company was recently re-certified as a Cisco® Master Service Provider under the Cisco Cloud and Managed Service Program, and was the first cable operator in the United States to achieve this designation. Bright House Networks also owns and operates exclusive, award-winning, local news and sports channels in its Florida markets.
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