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WarnerMedia Strikes New Carriage Deal With Comcast

WarnerMedia, which is owned by AT&T Inc., will keep its channels on cable systems belonging to Comcast Corp.

The two media giants struck a new carriage deal covering TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, TruTV, TCM, and WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service, CNN Plus.      
In a statement released Jan. 10, the companies announced that Philadelphia-based Comcast “plans to make CNN Plus available to its Xfinity customers via its Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex, and XClass TV platforms later in 2022.”

Xfinity customers will be able to add the CNN Plus app to their existing services without incurring new charges. Since launching its centerpiece streaming service HBO Max in May 2020, New York-based WarnerMedia has been using revenue from its linear TV channels to fund the company’s streaming initiatives.

“We’re so pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with Comcast and deliver best-in-class storytelling, essential news and premium sports to millions of customers,” Scott Miller, executive vice president of business and legal affairs for WarnerMedia, said in a statement. “Comcast’s position as both a pay TV provider and app platform complements our foundational business of linear TV and emerging streaming businesses.”

Todd Gilchrist
Todd Gilchrist
Todd Gilchrist is a Los Angeles-based reporter and film critic with 20+ years of experience at dozens of print and online outlets, including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly and Fangoria. An obsessive soundtrack collector, sneaker aficionado and member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Todd currently lives in Silverlake, California with his amazing wife Julie, two cats Beatrix and Biscuit, and several thousand books, vinyl records and Blu-rays.

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