TheBlaze, the news and opinion network  founded by Glenn Beck, has launched on  Suddenlink Communications, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator.  TheBlaze will be universally available across Suddenlink’s footprint on its expanded basic level of service.  With the launch on Suddenlink, TheBlaze said it was now available on 77 television providers nationwide, including 10 of the top 25.

“We’re pleased with this new agreement,” said Kathy Payne, Suddenlink Senior Vice President and Chief Programming Officer.  “TheBlaze was one of the networks most requested by our customers.  It adds variety to the news, information and opinion programming we offer our customers.”

The Blaze addition appears to come quickly following a decision by Suddenlink to drop TV networks owned by Viacom> The two sides are in the midst of showdown over terms for new contract for carriage rights.

Suddenlink has approximately 1.4 million residential and commercial customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia and elsewhere.