AT&T has agreed to add more than 25 million pay TV subscribers to the total that will be able to watch A+E Network’s Viceland channel — part of a new partnership with Vice Media that will launch in February on what’s now H2. The entertainment channel plans to feature new shows including several by writer/director Spike Jonze.
No word yet on financial terms, or how long the new multi-year carriage deal between AT&T and A+E will last. It it provides the telco with additional streaming rights, plus — apparently — a price break reflecting its recent acquisition of DirecTV.
The agreement “delivers to AT&T terms that reflect its new scale and status as the largest pay TV provider in the world,” the company says. AT&T had 25.42 million video customers at the end of September with 19.57 million at DirecTV and 5.85 million via U-verse.
Both pay TV platforms will have linear, TV Everywhere, VOD, and mobility rights to channels including A&E, Lifetime, History, LMN, FYI, and History en Español.
“We have worked together with AT&T for many years and we are delighted that this renewal will allow us to do so well into the future,” A+E says.