After a dispute over pricing that lasted years, the NFL and Time Warner Cable have finally reached an agreement that will see NFL Network and the NFL Red Zone Channel become available to Time Warner subscribers. It’s said to be a multi-year deal.
And, the best news of all is that the channels will be up and running in time for this Sunday’s games!
Time Warner Cable is the nation’s second-largest cable provider, with around 12 million customers (primarily in New York City and Charlotte). The lack of NFL Network, which led to a complete inability to see Thursday Night Football games, was a source of frustration of many of these people. TWC was the only major cable provider in the country to not offer NFL Network.
The issue that prevented a deal from being reached earlier was, of course, money. TWC argued that the NFL was asking for too much. The NFL always seemed to believe that pressure from fans would lead TWC to cave. Perhaps that’s what eventually did happen. With an expanded lineup of Thursday Night Football games this season (NFL Network will be the sole broadcaster of 13 games), demand from fans was likely at an all-time high.