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FBN finally comes to Cablevision! November 19, 2009

Posted by Mike C. in Media, Personal, TV.
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At long last, after two long years, the Fox Business Network is finally coming coming to Cablevision.

Talking Biz News writes (h/t Inside Cable News):

Fox Business Network is expected to announce Thursday morning that it has secured an agreement with Cablevision Systems Corp.

The deal will expand the business network’s distribution by nearly 3 million subscribers in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area.

Fox Business will be available to Cablevision subscribers on channel 106 thought the provider’s Optimum-branded communications system.

The last major expansion for the business news channel occurred in December 2008, when it struck a deal with Charter Communications to expand its presence in the Midwest and Northeast regions to nearly 200,000 homes.

It’s also in HD on channel 772, which I just put on as I write this post.  I thought this day would never come, but here we are.  It looks great so far.

11/26 UPDATE: FBN release (h/t The Imus Times):

Cablevision (CVC) and News Corp.’s (NWSA) FOX Business unveiled an agreement Thursday that will make the business news channel available to more than three million additional households in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The deal takes effect Thursday and lands FBN on Cablevision’s channel 106 and in HD on channel 772. Cablevision operates the largest U.S. cable cluster and is in more than 4.7 million households and 600,000 businesses in the New York metropolitan area.

FBN is now available in more than 50 million homes.

“We’re pleased to welcome Cablevision as our newest FOX Business affiliate and look forward to providing the essential and up-to-the-minute breaking business news to the greater New York area,” Tim Carry, FBN’s senior vice president of affiliate relations, said in a statement.

The new agreement will expand FBN’s reach into New York’s surrounding area, including Long Island, Westchester, Fairfield and Bergen counties.

“We are pleased to make FOX Business Network available to our iO TV digital cable customers in both standard definition and HD,” John Trierweiler, Cablevision’s senior vice president of product management, said in a statement.

The announcement comes just over a month after FBN, which launched in October 2007, began simulcasting radio personality Don Imus on the channel.

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