Time Warner Cable to Restore Arts Channel Ovation to Lineup

The Arts Channel Will Be Restored on Jan. 1

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The arts channel Ovation will be restored on Time Warner Cable and starting next year. Ovation said Tuesday.

Vogue's Anna Wintour in a scene from 'The Fashion Fund'
Vogue's Anna Wintour in a scene from 'The Fashion Fund' Credit: Ovation

Time Warner Cable dropped Ovation on Jan. 1, citing small audiences and negligible original programming dedicated to its mission, as part of an effort to combat rising programming costs. The move followed Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt's promise to cull networks that "cost too much relative to the value of the service."

Ovation later picked up the U.S. rights to the scripted series "A Young Doctor's Notebook," starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe. and won a deal to carry "The Fashion Fund," a reality series in conjunction with Conde Nast's Vogue. The company also created an in-house production unit, Ovation Studios.

The network has now pledged to carry 200 hours of original programming dedicated to the arts next year, according to the network. It plans to increase that to 250 hours for 2015 and to 300 hours in subsequent years.

The restoration of Ovation does not, however, mean Time Warner Cable subscribers will see "The Fashion" fund in its first run. The six-episode show is scheduled to begin on Nov. 12.

Ovation will receive a carriage fee from Time Warner Cable, according to a spokeswoman, declining to elaborate. A Time Warner Cable spokeswoman declined to comment on any fees.

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