Turner Networks said that they have made a long-term multi platform carriage deal with AT&T. This deal is made to keep the content of Turner network in DirecTV and U-Verse streaming. The networks will also be available on streaming services from AT&T like DirecTV Preview and DirecTV Now. Both these services are set to be launched by the fourth quarter of this year.
This deal also include the TV Everywhere rights that allow users of DirecTV and internet based TV service, U-Verse, to stream Turner channels live and access a variety of on demand content across varied devices and platforms. Turner Networks include channels like TBS, CNN, HLN, TCM, TNT, Cartoon Network, truTV, Boomerang, and many more channels.
“Turner’s goal as a consumer-first media company is to make our content available everywhere our audience is, and this expansive deal with AT&T helps deliver on that promise by having our leading portfolio of popular networks and premium programming available on more services and platforms than ever before,” said David Levy, president of Turner.
Dan York, chief content officer at AT&T, said that, “The Turner agreement adds more premium content to our already robust line-up of DirecTV Now channels available to customers when it launches this year.”
In another event, AT&T announced a patented new technology that will deliver internet over power lines. This is named the project Airgig and AT&T said that the project will offer “low-cost, ultra-fast multi-gigabit-per-second wireless Internet speed” making use of the existing infrastructure of AT&T. They also said that the latest technology developed by the AT&T Labs has the power to deliver high speed internet connectivity to urban, rural, or any underserved parts of the world making use of the power line.
The project is still in its experimental phase, but AT&T is very confident that the project has immense potential. The relay stations of the project may sit on top of telephone poles but will not tap into the power source of the pole. The station will regenerate millimeter waves from station to station. As these stations makes use of affordable plastic antennas, the project offers potential to offer high-speed internet to new areas without adding new cables.