Cablevision to Carry Oprah Winfrey's Cable Channel

The move, announced just days before OWN's launch, expands the network's reach in New York.

Just days before Oprah Winfrey launches her cable network, a major cable operator has signed on to carry the channel.

Cablevision said Tuesday that it will carry OWN: The Opray Winfrey Network, which launches Jan. 1, replacing Discovery Health Channel. It will be carried in both standard and high definition.

The carriage deal is significant because Cablevision serves a large section of the New York metropolitan area.

Most cable and satellite operators, including Comcast and DirecTV, already carry Discovery Health, but Cablevision does not. Cablevision has 3.5 million subscribers, boosting OWN's reach to about 85 million homes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

OWN is a joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery Communications.