Suddenlink renews Discovery licensing agreement

Proving that it doesn't forsake all programming conglomerates, just Viacom, Suddenlink has inked a new carriage agreement with Discovery Communications.

According to a press release issued by Discovery, the St. Louis MSO will carry all 13 of its channels via linear, VOD and TV Everywhere platforms. These networks include the Discovery flagship channel, as well as TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and the soon-to-be-rebranded Discovery Family (formerly The Hub).

"We're very excited about this agreement with Discovery," said Kathy Payne, Suddenlink senior VP and chief programming officer, in a statement. "Discovery's channels offer a wide range of interesting and educational content that provides great entertainment for diverse age groups. We're especially pleased that we'll be able to soon deliver Discovery's unique branded content to our customers on a variety of devices."

Suddenlink, which touts around 1.4 million subscribers, is about to enter its second week without a Viacom carriage deal in place. The MSO has said that it has committed the licensing money--and bandwidth--needed to secure a Viacom deal to alternative programming sources, including OWN.

For more:
- read this Discovery Communications press release

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