Time Warner Cable Intends To Drop Carriage Of Ovation

            Time Warner Cable Intends To Drop Carriage Of Ovation

A Decision to Drop Ovation Would Mean TWC Customers Lose Access to the Only
Network Showcasing Artistic Programming, Including Dance, Theater, The Visual
Arts, Film and Music

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2012

NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Ovation, the only cable television
network exclusively devoted to the arts, announced today it has been informed
by Time Warner Cable that the cable distributor intends to drop the network
when its current contract expires at midnight on December 31^st, 2012. Such an
action by Time Warner Cable would negatively impact millions of Time Warner
Cable customers who will no longer have access to Ovation's unique arts

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"Our plan has been to grow Ovation as fast as possible in all key metrics,"
said Charles Segars, Chief Executive Officer at Ovation. "In a few short years
since taking over the network,we have achieved that plan. Ovation is the 4th
fastest-growing network and I am confident this arts-centric team will
continue to post impressive gains in distribution, advertising and ratings
throughout the New Year."

Ovation has grown from 5 to 51 million homes in 6 years.* Currently, the
channel is available on major cable, satellite and telco systems across the
country. Last year, the network made its biggest investment to date in
original programming, resulting in an increase of +55% in audience, which
makes Ovation the 4th fastest-growing network, according to Nielsen." **

Robert Weiss, Ovation's Chief Creative Officer, added, "If Time Warner Cable
proceeds then, in 2013, its customers who love the arts will miss out on our
enlightening and entertaining shows like Song by Song and A Chance to Dance,
brand-new original series, an increased number of co-productions and an
extensive VOD and TVE offering of incremental and exclusive content covering
all arts genres. At least they can watch Battle of the Nutcrackers through the

"Time Warner Cable's main rationale for dropping Ovation is economics and the
growing cost of programming," said Brad Samuels, Executive Vice President of
Content Distribution at Ovation. "While they are investing huge amounts in
sports programming, they've chosen to limit their customers' viewing options
by cutting the only arts network in their lineup. Ovation believes this
decision was ill-conceived. For pennies a MONTH, TWC can continue to offer its
customers the only network dedicated to the arts and continue to take part in
vital arts and arts education programs for the communities they serve.
Ultimately, we hope that Time Warner Cable will see the value our other
Affiliate partners see in Ovation and will reconsider their decision."

In addition to the uniqueness of its on-air content, Ovation has also funded
arts advocacy programs by donating over $14 million to various projects,
programs and foundations since 2007. A substantial amount of this funding has
benefitted Time Warner Cable communities, including New York and Los Angeles.
Time Warner Cable has also partnered with Ovation on a number of these
arts-related events and programs. The operator's decision to remove Ovation
from its lineup will have an adverse impact on these critical programs in Time
Warner Cable customers' communities.

"As an advocate for equal access to the arts, Ovation increases awareness and
interest in cultural activities, and is a powerful audience development tool
for local cultural institutions," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of
Americans for the Arts. "Americans for the Arts has worked with Ovation
extensively over the past five years, and during that time we have witnessed
its ability to bring high-level celebrities, Washington policymakers, cable
and satellite operators, arts institutions and grass-roots organizations
together to support the arts. Their dedication is unmatched, which is
something we need more of, not less."

About Ovation

Ovation is a network devoted to artists and every kind of artistic expression.
Ovation programming is a one-of-a-kind mix of original and selectively curated
series, films, documentaries and specials. The network reaches a national
audience of 51 million homes and is available on cable systems across the
country, as well as nationally on DIRECTV, Dish, Verizon FiOS and AT&T
U-Verse. Ovation is also available in HD and VOD (both in standard and high
definition). Ovation extends its linear channel experience for viewers online
via its popular website, ovationtv.com . In addition, Ovation is also active
in the social media space. See the Ovation Facebook page for the latest
information and conversations about the network and the arts:

* Source: 5 Million Homes in 2007 – Internal Ovation subscriber counts; 51
Million Homes, Nielsen Universe Estimate, December 2012

**Source: Ovation analysis of Nielsen MarketBreaks data, growth based on Total
Day Household Impressions, Jan-Nov 2012 vs Jan-Nov 2011, ranking among
ad-supported cable networks.

SOURCE Ovation

Website: http://www.ovationtv.com
Contact: Patricia Frith, Patricia Frith Marketing, 1-818-876-0480,
pfmarketing@roadrunner.com, www.ovationtv.com/media
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