Time Warner Cable Secures Early Renewal With Univision

Unlike its heated battle with CBS, the deal with the Hispanic giant is done before the current contract expires and includes digital rights and the new El Rey network.

Unlike its public squabble with CBS, Time Warner Cable has quietly sealed a large overall deal with the biggest U.S. Hispanic broadcaster.

Time Warner Cable said Wednesday it has completed an early renewal of its retransmission consent contract with Univision Communication that covers the leading Hispanic broadcasters networks.

The deal (which also applies to Bright House Networks) covers Univision -- the top-rated Spanish-language network in the U.S. -- UniMas, Galavision, De Pelicula, De Pelicula Clasico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit, Distrito Comedia and its newest networks: Univision Deportes, Univision tlNovelas and FOROtv.

TWC is also the first to commit to carrying the El Rey network -- programming for Hispanics in English -- scheduled to launch in December.

TWC said that they have been in discussions with producer-director Robert Rodriguez for more than a year about El Rey. "We're convinced that this new network will provide our customers with a unique experience," said Melinda Witmer, executive vp chief video and content officer for Time Warner Cable.

"Time Warner Cable's commitment to El Rey emboldens our ability to bring exciting, visceral and cinematic stories to young viewers across the U.S." said Rodriguez, chairman of El Rey Network.

The new contract also covers content for digital platforms and VOD, including TV Everywhere, Univision's UVideos and Univision Deportes digital properties.

The agreement includes what the announcement calls "a first-of-its-kind local news partnership to better serve Hispanic audiences in Los Angeles, New York and other shared markets."

"We were delighted to be able to work out our early renewal and expand our business relationship with Univision," said Witmer.

"This agreement further demonstrates Time Warner Cable's strong commitment to providing Hispanic audiences with the content they love most," said Tonia O'Connor, president of content distribution and corporate business development at Univision Communications. "Hispanics represent a significant growth opportunity for distributors. And our goal in this highly competitive environment is to build long-term partnerships that tap into the power of our brand, deliver top-quality programming and leverage our exhaustive range of multiplatform offerings."