/// NFL Network Locks Up Mediacom Carriage

August 22, 2011  |  Media Week

With less than three weeks to go before the 2011-12 season kicks off, Mediacom has scored a multiyear affiliate deal with NFL Network. While financial terms were not disclosed, the pact includes carriage of the 24/7 NFL Network, as well as the game day highlights service, NFL RedZone. Mediacom plans to flip the switch on the NFL Network in its Midwestern and Southern markets before the season begins on Sept. 8. Wherever possible, the cable operator will launch simultaneous standard definition and HD feeds for both channels. NFL Net and RedZone will be available to Mediacom customers who subscribe to its Digital Plus package. Fans looking to enhance the coverage afforded by the stand-alone net can add a season of RedZone for $49.95. Mediacom is the country’s eighth-largest cable operator, serving 1.18 million subs in third- and fourth-tier media markets such as Springfield, Mo., and Albany, Ga. When satellite TV providers (DirecTV, DISH Network) and telcos (Verizon, AT&T) are factored in, Mediacom is ranked 12th among all U.S. distributors. The deal comes on the heels of a similar pact between NFL Net and top-five cable operator Charter Communications. Earlier this month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the channel was in ongoing carriage talks with Time Warner Cable . “You’ll be happy to know we are in negotiations today with Time Warner

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NFL Network Locks Up Mediacom Carriage

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