Glenn Beck’s Internet channel has been picked up by Cablevision, giving him carriage in the New York metro area for the first time since he left Fox News in 2011. In September 2012 Beck also signed a carriage deal with Dish Network.
The Cablevision announcement came two months after TheBlaze began a campaign to get onto cable and satellite systems across the country. Cablevision, which has about three million subscribers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, is the largest system to sign the channel up since then.
Cablevision said TheBlaze would be available to subscribers of its cable service, called Optimum TV, starting in late May, reported The NY Times.
In a statement, Cablevision’s vice president of video product management, Bradley Feldman, said, “Optimum TV is the only cable provider in the tri-state area to bring our customers original programming from Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze, and the independent network will add more diversity to our strong lineup, providing our customers with more choices that our customers appreciate.”
TheBlaze now has more than 40 hours of programming a week, including simulcasts of Beck’s radio show, a nightly show just for the channel and a nightly panel conversation about the news.
TheBlaze has also cut deals with a number of small cable operators, including Blue Ridge Communications, which has about 170,000 subscribers in Pennsylvania.