Sundance, MediaOne pact

New England states linked to cable net

NEW YORK — New England movie buffs are getting their first extended shot at seeing the Sundance Channel through a launch deal engineered by Sundance with the Massachusetts and New Hampshire cable systems owned by MediaOne.

By the end of this year, Sundance will be available to nearly 750,000 subscribers in such cities as Cambridge, Mass., and Manchester and Portsmouth, N.H., based on current rollout schedules.

The rest of the 500,000 or so New England subscribers are on MediaOne systems that are in the process of being rebuilt. But a spokesman for MediaOne says these customers will end up getting access to Sundance within the next 18 months. MediaOne is the third-largest cable operator in the U.S., reaching more than 5.1 million subscribers in more than 17 states.

The retail cost of the channel to MediaOne customers will vary depending on the number of pay networks the subscriber already buys. A three-pay household could get Sundance as a freebie.

Sundance is now getting into parts of New York City, Los Angeles, Houston and Marin County through deals with cable operators such as Time Warner, Century Communications and Jones Intercable.

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