Time Warner Cable made it official this morning: Al Jazeera America, the Qatar-owned news channel that launched in the U.S. on August 20, will be added to its lineup beginning — today. That bring to nearly 55 million the number of homes in which the channel will be available in the U.S. Throw your mind back to January 2 of this year, when Current TV CEO Joel Hyatt confirmed the sale of that network to Al Jazeera in a memo to staffers. Time Warner Cable would not consent to the sale, said Current would no longer be carried on TWC, and that it was “removing the service as quickly as possible,” while promising it was “keeping an open mind.” The loss of the No. 2 cable operator cost Al Jazeera America 12.2M video subscribers (Current reached about 59M homes). It wasn’t until October that the two parties reached a carriage agreement and TWC announced it would carry the network on its TWC and Bright House Networks systems. Back then, TWC EVP Melinda Witmer explained, “Now that the channel is live, we think that it would be of value to our customers and are pleased to make it available.” So, starting today, Al Jazeera America is available via TWC in the country’s top two markets, New York and Los Angeles. In New York City, Al Jazeera America is available on Time Warner on HD Channel 785 (also in SD). In Los Angeles, it is on SD 227; HD 445.
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