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September 04, 2008

Finally: HDNet makes deal with Comcast

HDNet is about to announce they've made a carriage agreement with Comcast for HDNet and HDNet Movies.

Ever since Mark Cuban launched the high-def network in 2001, making a deal with the largest cable provider has proved elusive. The struggled spilled over to petitions and rumors launched on Internet message boards and evolved into a cold war between the two companies rarely seen in the world of MSO dealmaking. Cuban encouraged fans to let Comcast know they want to watch HDNet; Comcast executives noted that the channel was expensive and that they wanted to keep subscriber rates under control.

HDNet currently has about 10 million subs. Even stuck on an HD tier, Comcast will likely significantly add to that number.


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