It’s official. Time Warner Cable is getting even more football.
The NFL Network and Time Warner Cable have reached a multi-year agreement for carriage of NFL Network and the NFL RedZone channel, both sides announced today.
NFL Network and NFL RedZone will debut in Time Warner Cable homes beginning Sunday, with full launch before Thursday, Sept. 27. The first live game that Time Warner Cable will broadcast from the NFL Network will be Thursday’s Cleveland-Baltimore game.
“We’re delighted to have reached an agreement for NFL Network and NFL RedZone that provides a good value to our customers,” said Melinda Witmer, Executive Vice President and Chief Video and Content Officer for Time Warner Cable. “The additional games this year and the proven appeal of NFL RedZone will certainly prove to be a draw for our customers. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with the NFL.”
For Time Warner Cable, NFL Network will be available on the Digital Basic and Sports Pass tiers, and NFL RedZone will be available to Sports Pass customers. The new HD channel numbers are 355 for NFL Network and 356 for NFL RedZone.
“We are excited to work with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to bring fans football 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” said NFL Network President and CEO Steve Bornstein. “Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks subscribers will be able to enjoy our weekly Thursday Night Football schedule, our award-winning Sunday NFL GameDay shows, NFL Total Access, NFL Films programming and much more. In addition, the NFL RedZone channel is a truly exciting way to enhance your Sunday football viewing experience each and every week.”
NFL Network is the home of Thursday Night Football — 13 primetime NFL regular season games from September through December — and is the destination for all that happens around the sport of football. NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides viewers with more than 2,500 hours per year of original programming, including: NFL Total Access, NFL GameDay, the new four-hour NFL AM weekday morning show, Top 10, Playbook, NFL Replay, NFL Classic Games plus the Emmy award-winning Sound FX and America’s Game.
Time Warner is the country’s second-largest cable provider with about 12 million homes. Time Warner was the only major cable provider among the top nine that had not added NFL Network. Cablevision signed a deal in August.
The two sides had been in a contentious battle for years. NFL Network launched in 2003 and began showing live games in 2006. The network expanded its Thursday night package from eight games to 13 this season.