Cox ca­ble picks up LHN

But third-largest ca­ble provider doesn’t serve Cen­tral Texas.

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - By Gary Dinges gdinges@states­man.com Con­tact Gary Dinges at 912-5987. Twit­ter: @gdinges Where to find Lhn At&tu-verse: Grande Com­mu­ni­ca­tions:

The good news: Cox Com­mu­ni­ca­tions has picked up the elu­sive Longhorn Net­work.

The bad news: The na­tion’s third-largest ca­ble provider doesn’t serve Cen­tral Texas.

The deal, signed Thurs­day, makes the ESPN-run Longhorn Net­work ac­ces­si­ble to about 6 mil­lion ad­di­tional cus­tomers na­tion­wide. Terms of the mul­ti­year con­tract be­tween Cox Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and the Walt Dis­ney Co., which owns ESPN, weren’t dis­closed.

Cox Com­mu­ni­ca­tions is a di­vi­sion of At­lanta-based Cox En­ter­prises, par­ent com­pany of the Amer­i­can-States­man. It of­fers ca­ble, In­ter­net and phone ser­vices in cities in­clud­ing: Cleve­land; Las Ve­gas; New Or­leans; Omaha, Neb.; Roanoke, Va.; San Diego; Tuc­son, Ariz.; and Tulsa, Okla.

Sev­eral other chan­nels are also cov­ered by the agree­ment, in­clud­ing ABC Fam­ily, the Dis­ney Chan­nel, Dis­ney Ju­nior, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS. Many net­works will be ac­ces­si­ble on­line and via smart­phones and tablets.

“We’re en­abling our cus­tomers to ac­cess their fa­vorite news, sports and en­ter­tain­ment video con­tent when­ever and wher­ever they want it,” said Mark Greatrex, a Cox Com­mu­ni­ca­tions se­nior vice pres­i­dent.

In the Austin area, the Longhorn Net­work is avail­able to AT&T U-verse and Grande Com­mu­ni­ca­tions sub­scribers. Else­where, Cable­vi­sion, Google Fiber, Ver­i­zon FiOS and sev­eral small ca­ble sys­tems in East Texas carry the net­work, launched in fall 2011.

Time Warner Ca­ble, the largest ca­ble provider in Cen­tral Texas, has yet to pick up Longhorn Net­work. Dish Net­work and DirecTV don’t carry the net­work, ei­ther.

Chan­nels 609 and 1609 (HD)

Chan­nels 29 and 829 (HD)

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