Suddenlink adds another non-Viacom network, Sony Movie Channel

Seeming to further distance itself from a program renewal deal with Viacom, Suddenlink has signed yet another carriage agreement with a smaller programming network, putting Sony Movie Channel on its program guide.

The agreement puts at around 30 the number of networks added to Suddenlink's video services in October--some being independent channels, others added as part of existing deals with other conglomerates.

At the beginning of the month, the St. Louis-based cable operator broke off renewal talks with Viacom, opting to replace 22 departed channels with "alternative" programming networks including Glenn Beck's The Blaze and Sean Combs' Revolt TV.

Suddenlink, which serves around 1.4 million subscribers, will deliver its third-quarter earnings report Nov. 7 and will likely give some indicator of how its customer base is responding to the transition.

Sony Movie Channel has other U.S. distribution on DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV), Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH), AT&T U-verse (NYSE: T), Verizon FiOS (NYSE: VZ) and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL).

"Sony Movie Channel brings a whole host of great movie choices to our customers," said Kathy Payne, Suddenlink senior VP and chief programming officer, in a statement. "This channel adds great value to Suddenlink's lineup, particularly for avid movie fans looking for more great entertainment."

For more:
- read this Sony press release

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