TheBlaze, the TV channel founded by former HLN and Fox News host Glenn Beck, has signed up its second major pay-TV provider. Cablevision, which has over three million subscribers in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state area will be adding the channel to its lineup in late May. It will be available on the preferred, silver and gold packages.
While TheBlaze has TV carriage agreements with some 11 other pay-TV operators, the Cablevision deal is the second big deal for the growing company, which began a major push to secure TV distribution earlier this year. DISH Network was the first major MSO to carry the channel last year.
The other 10 operators are smaller, independent cable companies, spread throughout the country. While TheBlaze seeks TV deals, it remains available to subscribers directly over the internet for a monthly fee.
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THEBLAZE LAUNCHING ON OPTIMUM TV
Optimum TV Is the Only Tri-State Cable Provider to Bring Customers TheBlaze,
Glenn Beck’s News, Opinion and Entertainment TV Network
BETHPAGE, N.Y., May 2, 2013 – Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced that TheBlaze, Glenn Beck’s news, opinion and entertainment network, will be added to Optimum TV’s comprehensive line-up in late May. Optimum TV is the only cable provider in the Tri-State area to bring customers TheBlaze.
The exclusive provider of “The Glenn Beck Program,” TheBlaze offers a full slate of original news and opinion shows like “Real News,” “Wilkow!” and “For the Record,” late night comedy like “The Wonderful World of Stu” and “B.S. of A.,” family-friendly programming like “Liberty Treehouse” as well as thought-provoking documentaries and original specials. TheBlaze first launched on September 12, 2011 as GBTV and quickly grew into one of the world’s largest online streaming networks with over 300,000 subscribers. One year later, TheBlaze became a television network.
“TheBlaze is the rare independent network that has a built-in passionate, engaged and rapidly expanding audience and therefore adds value to Optimum TV’s channel line-up. We are pleased to work with Cablevision to bring our network to Optimum TV customers,” said TheBlaze President of Business Development Lynne Costantini.
“Optimum TV is the only cable provider in the Tri-State area to bring our customers original programming from Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze, and the independent network will add more diversity to our strong line-up, providing our customers with more choices that our customers appreciate,” said Bradley Feldman, Cablevision’s vice president of video product management.
TheBlaze will be available to Optimum’s residential customers with the Optimum Preferred, Silver and Gold Packages. The channel is available to Optimum TV commercial customers with Optimum Business or Optimum Entertainment. All customers must have a cable box or CableCARD to receive the TheBlaze.
Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation’s leading media and telecommunications companies. In addition to delivering its Optimum-branded cable, Internet, and voice offerings throughout the New York area, the company owns and operates cable systems serving homes in four Western states. Cablevision’s local media properties include News 12 Networks, MSG Varsity and Newsday Media Group. Cablevision also owns and operates Clearview Cinemas. Additional information about Cablevision is available on the Web at www.cablevision.com.
TheBlaze is a news, opinion & entertainment network dedicated to delivering high quality programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is available on multiple television operators including DISH. The exclusive provider of Glenn Beck’s daily television broadcast, TheBlaze offers a full slate of thought-provoking original news and opinion shows like Real News, Wilkow! and For the Record, late night comedies like The Wonderful World of Stu and B.S. Of A., family-friendly programming like Independence USA and Liberty Treehouse, as well as enlightening documentaries and original specials. In addition to the 24/7 television network and online video streaming network, TheBlaze attracts over 10 million unique visitors per month to its news and information website, www.theblaze.com. TheBlaze – Truth Lives Here.