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Maybe it was March Madness, but Time Warner has finally worked out separate agreements with Dish Network for carriage of HBO and Turner networks’ programming after months of negotiations.
Last October some Time Warner channels including CNN and Adult Swim went dark on Dish, much to the surprise of Time Warner, which was in negotiations with the satellite provider at the time. The channels were restored a month later as negotiations continued.
Now as Turner offers NCAA basketball games in the midst of March Madness, the two sides announced a deal on Wednesday.
If Turner had pulled the network before the Final Four games on Saturday, it could have upset Dish customers, though it’s not clear the NCAA Tournament actually impacted finalizing the deals.
There was no announcement of financial details or disclosure of how long the deal is in place for. The statement by Time Warner indicates that it covers multiple platforms but it is unclear if all the TW channels will now be on the recently launched Sling over-the-top service, which already carries CNN, TNT and TBS.
“Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting and HBO have successfully completed separate distribution agreements with Dish,” Time Warner said in a statement. “We’re pleased that the Dish customers we all serve can continue to enjoy Turner and HBO’s popular programming on multiple platforms.”
Other Turner channels in the deal appear to include TCM, CNN en Espanol, TBS, TNT, Adult Swim, truTV and Boomerang.
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