Time Warner, Dish Agree to Distribution Deal Ending Dispute

Time Warner Inc. said it reached an accord with Dish Network Corp. to carry HBO and Turner programming including CNN and TBS, ending a contract dispute that threw some channels in the dark for a month last year.

“Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting and HBO have successfully completed separate distribution agreements with Dish,” Time Warner said Wednesday in a statement. “We’re pleased that the Dish customers we all serve can continue to enjoy Turner and HBO’s popular programming on multiple platforms.”

Turner channels including Adult Swim, TruTV, TCM, Boomerang and CNN en Espanol were cut from Dish’s lineup in October after the companies failed to negotiate a new contract. Customers still had access to TBS and TNT, Turner’s biggest cable channels, during the blackout, which ended in November, when the two sides agreed to extend the talks.

Time Warner may have had added leverage in the negotiations because Turner’s TBS will televise the NCAA Final Four National Semifinal basketball games on Saturday. If Turner pulled the network, it could have upset Dish subscribers who wanted to watch the games.

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