Cox Communications Inc. has signed long-term carriage agreements for several
Turner Broadcasting System Inc. services, including Turner Network Television,
the two parties announced Wednesday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Cox now has long-term licensing deals to carry Cable News Network, CNN Headline News, TBS
Superstation, Turner South, Boomerang, CNNfn and CNN en Español, representatives from both companies said.
The deal also includes a long-term agreement for TNT Plus.
Turner has asked for a 10 percent raise each year for the next five years
to cover the networks' high-priced sports acquisitions, like its National
Basketball Association and National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing packages, as well as expensive theatrical
"Turner Broadcasting and Cox have enjoyed an excellent relationship for more
than 20 years, and these agreements ensure that the relationship will continue
for years to come," Cox vice president of programming Bob Wilson said in a prepared statement. "In this environment of challenging
programmer/distributor relations, it is gratifying to have concluded long-term
deals that recognize the needs of both parties."
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