TBS, Jones Intercable reach pact

Turner Broadcasting Systems has reached agreement with Jones Intercable for continued carriage of TBS Superstation to the operator’s approximately 1.5 million subscribers pending the network’s conversion to a free-market basic cabler Jan. 1.

The deal makes Jones the first major MSO outside of Time Warner and Tele-Communications Inc. to sign up to carry TBS, which is looking to extract monthly license fees of 25¢ per subscriber from operators who have received the service without compensation since its bow in December 1976.

‘Worthwhile investment’

“We are very excited to be a part of the new TBS Superstation,” said Glenn R. Jones, chairman and CEO for Jones Intercable. “With the TBS conversion, we expect a top-notch product to become even better. That’s a worthwhile investment for us, and most importantly, for our customers.

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