Time Warner to stream channels to US Comcast viewers

04/02/2011

Time Warner has struck a deal with US cable provider Comcast to stream its major channels to Comcast’s internet subscribers.

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said the tie-up “really pushes forward the concept of giving consumers more access to quality on-demand content on any device they choose”.

Comcast and Time Warner announced an unusually comprehensive pact on Tuesday that covers the online streaming of channels like TNT, TBS, CNN and the Cartoon Network.

The rights for online streaming were part of a larger agreement between the companies. Details were not disclosed, but the agreement also renews Comcast’s traditional carriage of some of Time Warner’s channels. Brian L. Roberts, the Comcast chief executive, said the contract was for multiple years.

On the on-demand side, the agreement covers many of Turner’s TV shows and movies in a variety of places, including Comcast’s streaming Web site, Comcast’s on-demand system on television sets, Turner’s own Web sites, and on tablets and mobile phone screens.

Significantly, the contract will cover out-of-home streaming of Turner channels and TV shows by Comcast customers in the future.

Comcast already has similar pacts for streaming content with HBO, another part of Time Warner. A Comcast app that allows customers to stream certain TV shows was already visible in the iPad app store on Tuesday night.

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