Charter settles retrans beef with Univision, ends lawsuit

Charter Communications sign (use this one)
Univision sued Charter in July 2016, alleging that the MSO was illegitimately using the superior content licensing agreement of the company it just purchased, TWC, to retransmit and carry Univision channels.

Charter has settled the only still-pending programming licensing lawsuit filed against it in the wake of its purchase of Time Warner Cable.

According to Cablefax, Charter and Univision informed the court of their intent to settle their dispute last week. Terms were not disclosed. 

In July 2016, Univision sued Charter, alleging that the MSO was illegitimately using the superior content licensing agreement of the company it just purchased, TWC, to retransmit and carry Univision channels. These outlets included not only the Univision flagship network, but also the UniMas broadcast network and cable channels Galavision, El Rey and Univision Deportes.

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At the time, 21st Century Fox and CBS Corp. also sued over the cable company’s attempt to use superior content-licensing agreements acquired during the company’s purchase of TWC.

In the case of Univision, Charter’s legacy contract with the broadcaster expired at the beginning of the year, while TWC’s doesn’t end until 2022.

“We have a contract with Univision and expect them to honor it,” Charter has repeatedly stated. 

The dispute between Charter and Univision briefly devolved into blackout. The two sides were ordered to work together by the court in February, however, and entered into mediation. 

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Separately, Univision also announced today that it renewed its retrans deal with Frontier Communications.

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