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Cox, NFL Network renew carriage vows

Wed, 08/25/2010 - 8:45am
Mike Robuck

Cox Communications and the NFL Network have reworked their carriage agreement into a long-term deal, although the two didn't provide the number of years.

Cox's deal included the addition of NFL Network's NFL RedZone for Cox subscribers. NFL RedZone allows viewers to follow multiple games and highlights on game days.

Cox advanced TV customers who subscribe to the Sports and Information Pak have the option of adding NFL RedZone to their lineup for $39.99 for the entire season. NFL RedZone is also available to Cox Business customers for $39.99.

Cox's advanced TV customers who subscribe to the Sports and Info Pak also have access to NFL Network On Demand – including NFL Replay – with extended highlights from every single NFL game played that week.

"We're excited to bring our customers even more football action this fall with the addition of NFL RedZone," said Kathy Payne, vice president of programming for Cox. "In addition to NFL Network, which offers the excitement of the NFL 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, customers can access additional NFL content via Cox's on-demand library, making Cox a great value for NFL action this season."

Cox, the nation's third-largest cable operator, was one of the first MSOs to strike a carriage agreement with NFL Network back in 2006. The latest agreement came on the heels of last week's deal between NFL Network and the National Cable Television Cooperative that paved the way for additional cable operators to come to terms with the NFL Network.

Earlier this week, Suddenlink was able to reach an accord with the NFL Network and is rolling it out to most of its subscribers prior to the season's start on Sept. 12.

While more agreements with Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable operators could be forthcoming prior to the start of the season, some of the larger cable operators, including Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and Bright House Networks, haven't been able to forge agreements with NFL Network.

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