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NCTC, Fox ink long-term carriage deals for cable networks

The National Cable Television Cooperative Inc. and Fox Corp. reached a new multiyear carriage deal covering a number of the programmer's cable networks.

The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, enables members of the NCTC to provide continued carriage of FOX News Channel (US), FOX Business Network (US), FOX Sports 1 (US), FOX Sports 2 (US), FOX Deportes (US) and Fox Soccer Plus to their subscribers. The NCTC operates as a programming and hardware purchasing organization for small and midsize cable and other video providers.

An NCTC spokesman said the parties reached a deal shortly before midnight on Dec. 31, 2019, ahead of their expiring contract, but the pact did not become official until Jan. 1, upon final executive signatures.

On its website, Fox said it was pleased to have reached a deal without any disruption of service to its viewers and that NCTC members will continue to carry its programming "for years to come."