Cablevision signs broad-reaching agreement with Tribune for retrans, carriage, metadata

Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) has announced a wide-ranging deal with Tribune Media covering broadcast retransmission for TV stations including WPIX-TV in New York and carriage for cable channel WGN America.

Specific terms were not announced for the deal, which also includes the renewal of a deal to integrate TV listings from Tribune's Gracenote unit.

The agreement includes retrans renewals for not only WPIX-TV, but also Hartford's WTIC-TV and WCCT-TV, and Philadelphia's WPHL-TV. Cablevision will also add WGN America across its New York, Connecticut and New Jersey footprint beginning in January. 

The Gracenote listings, meanwhile, are used for the MSO's interactive programming guide, as well as its DVR and VOD set-top content. 

For its part, Tribune will gain access to the audience analytics that Cablevision gathers on its set-tops.

Separately, Cablevision is acquiring Tribune's 2.8 percent stake in Newsday Holdings, giving the cable company sole ownership of the company.

"Reaching agreement to extend Cablevision's retransmission of WPIX and our stations in Hartford and Philadelphia ensures that millions of people in the Tri-State Area will continue to enjoy Mets and Yankees baseball games alongside high-quality local news, sports and entertainment programming for years to come," said Dana Zimmer, president of distribution for Tribune Broadcasting.

For more:
- read this Cablevision press release

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