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Charter, Cox Sports Television sign La. distribution agreement

Mon, 12/20/2010 - 7:09am
Mike Robuck

Charter Communications' digital subscribers in Louisiana will be able to watch more sports programming, including New Orleans Hornets games, thanks to a new distribution agreement with Cox Sports Television.

Charter Communications and Cox Sports Television (CST) were at an impasse before Friday’s deal was announced. Starting Jan. 1, CST sports programming will be available to Charter’s digital subscribers in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Livingston, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Assumption, St. Mary, St. Landry, Jefferson Davis and Acadia.

CST, which also provides an HD channel of its sports programming, covers the New Orleans Hornets, New Orleans Saints, LSU Tigers and other Gulf-area sporting events. CST and CST HD are available on Charter’s Sports View tier, which costs an additional $5 per month.

“We appreciate the patience of our Louisiana customers as we worked with CST to come to an agreement that is in the best interests of all Charter customers,” said Aimee Pfannenstiel, vice president and general manager for Charter’s operations in Louisiana. “Being able to watch every play in high-definition will also add to the excitement. In addition, Charter wants to help the effort to ensure that the Hornets stay a part of Louisiana for many years to come.”

CST, which is owned and operated by Cox Communications, was first launched in 2002 in front of 450,000 Louisiana viewers and has grown to 2 million homes in the ensuring eight years.

CST is currently carried on video distributors in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Virginia.

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