As of this morning, Al Jazeera America is on Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, the second and sixth-largest cable systems, respectively, in the U.S. AJAM is now in 55 million U.S. homes. Its predecessor Current TV was in 48 million homes as of August. Al Jazeera America went live in October.
By contrast, CNN is in 98 million homes, Fox News is in 97 million, MSNBC 94 million and BBC America is in 80 million U.S. homes.
Time Warner Cable had carried Current TV, but on January 2, the day Al Jazeera announced it was acquiring Current, TWC dropped the channel.
“We are very pleased that Time Warner Cable has agreed to include us in their lineup,” said Ehab Al Shihabi, Al Jazeera America’s interim CEO. “As always, we remain committed to providing in-depth, unbiased journalism and we’re excited to work with Time Warner Cable to make our channel available to their customers.”
The addition makes Al Jazeera America more widely available in the nation’s two largest markets. In Manhattan, Al Jazeera America is on the digital tier channel 785. In Los Angeles, it’s on standard channel 227 and HD channel 445.