Turner Networks said today that it has reached a long-term multiplatform carriage deal with AT&T to keep its content on DirecTV and U-verse. The nets also will be available on streaming services DirecTV Now and DirecTV Preview, which are set to launch during Q4.
The deal also includes TV Everywhere rights, allowing subscribers of satcaster DirecTV and web-based TV service U-verse to stream Turner nets live and on-demand content across a variety of platforms and devices. Turner nets include CNN, HLN, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and more.
“Turner’s goal as a consumer-first media company is to make our content available everywhere our audience is, and this expansive deal with AT&T helps deliver on that promise by having our leading portfolio of popular networks and premium programming available on more services and platforms than ever before,” said David Levy, president of Turner. Added Dan York, chief content officer at AT&T, “The Turner agreement adds more premium content to our already robust line-up of DirecTV Now channels available to customers when it launches this year.”
Separately today, AT&T announced a patented new technology to deliver Internet over power lines. The conglomerate said Project AirGig will offer “low-cost, ultra-fast multi-gigabit-per-second wireless Internet speed” over the existing infrastructure. It noted that the technology, developed by AT&T Labs, has the potential to deliver Internet connectivity to urban, rural and underserved parts of the world over the power lines.