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NFL Network, Time Warner officially reach deal

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Time Warner Cable and the NFL Network have finally agreed to terms on a carriage deal that will see the NFL Network and NFL RedZone channels available to TWC customers in time for this Sunday's games.

TWC is set to carry NFL Network on its digital basic tier and the RedZone channel on its sports tier.

"We're delighted to have reached an agreement for NFL Network and NFL RedZone that provides a good value to our customers," said Melinda Witmer, Executive Vice President and Chief Video and Content Officer for Time Warner Cable, in a press release. "The additional games this year and the proven appeal of NFL RedZone will certainly prove to be a draw for our customers. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with the NFL."

TWC and the NFL Network had been unable to reach a carriage deal for the past 10 years. When Cablevision reached an agreement last month, it left TWC as the lone remaining cable operator without a carriage deal for the NFL Network.

"We thank our customers for their patience while a fair deal was reached for all involved," said Steve Miron, CEO, Bright House Networks, in a press release. "It is especially rewarding to say yes to our customers who have requested NFL Network's award-winning coverage."

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are major cable providers in the home markets for 12 NFL teams, including the Buffalo, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, NFL Network will be available on the Digital Basic and Sports Pass tiers, and NFL RedZone will be available to Sports Pass customers.

NFL Network is broadcasting a game every Thursday night this season. It also provides year-round coverage of the league.

"We are excited to work with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to bring fans football 24 hours a day, 365 days a year," said NFL Network President and CEO Steve Bornstein in a press release.
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