Turner Broadcasting has reached agreement with both Cox Communications and the National Cable TV Co-op (NCTC) for carriage of TBS Superstation upon the network’s conversion to a traditional basic cable network on Jan. 1.
The moves bring a combined 10.8 million subscribers into the TBS fold and are the second and third major affiliations cemented by the Turner net in the past week. It had pacted with Jones Intercable and its 1.5 million subs on Nov. 17. TBS’ two previous deals were with Time Warner Cable and TCI, which jointly own TBS.
The NCTC represents 7.5 million subscribers. Its member companies operate nearly 5,000 cable systems throughout the United States.
TBS is forging new agreements as part of its conversion from a local station with national coverage on cable (stemming from its days as WTBS) to a network distributed solely over cable at 25¢ per subscriber.