Cablevision, Tribune Strike Extensive Carriage Deal

Cablevision Systems and Tribune Media have struck a multi-year retransmission agreement for Tribune's stations in New York; Hartford, Conn.; and Philadelphia as part of a larger deal that includes WGN America, data and the Newsday newspaper.

In addition to the stations, Cablevision will carry Cablevision's WGN America network (pictured: Manhattan) in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut beginning in January 2016.

Also, Cablevision renewed its use of Tribune's Gracenote TV listings and movie data for Cablevision's interactive programming guide, DVR and VOD set-top content.

For its part, Tribune will get access to Cablevision's audience data and analytics.

Finally, Cablevision has acquired Tribune's 2.8% stake in Newsday Holdings, giving Cablevision sole control of the company, which includes Newsday and its suite of weekly shoppers.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.