Mediacom Communications has reached a long-term agreement for the carriage of NFL Network, with Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and surrounding areas slated for the programming, including NFL RedZone, in time for the upcoming NFL season.
A spokesman for Mediacom said news of NFL Network's availability will take place on a market-by-market basis, but it will be available across most of the cable operator's footprint.
"We are thrilled with the addition ofNFL Network and NFL RedZone to our programming lineup. We continue to invest to improve the products and services we provide to our customers, whether it's new programming, more HD channels, faster Internet speeds or better telephone service," said Doug Frank, Mediacom's regional vice president of operations. "This is another example of Mediacom listening to our customers and delivering what they want."
In Iowa, NFL Network will be available on Mediacom's Digital Plus tier, while NFL RedZone, which airs on Sundays throughout the regular season, will be offered a la carte to Mediacom subscribers. Mediacom is the nation's eighth-largest cable operator.
In addition to year-round coverage of all things NFL, NFL Network will also broadcast eight regular season games this year.
Earlier this month, Charter Communications inked a deal with NFL Network. Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and Bright House Networks don't have carriage deals in place with NFL Network, although it is available in some of the former Bresnan systems that Cablevision purchased. Cablevision declined to comment on the status of its negotiations with NFL Network.