Cox, Cablevision, Charter, AT&T, Google agree to launch Fusion

ABC and Univision said they have signed carriage deals with Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR), Cablevision (NYSE: CVC), Cox Communications, AT&T's (NYSE: T) U-verse TV and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Fiber TV to launch their news and lifestyle network.

The companies said Monday that the network will be called Fusion. It will target U.S. Hispanics with English-language programming when it debuts during the second half of the year. ABC and Univision announced plans for the joint venture last May.

Fusion lacks a distribution deal with Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), which owns Univision rival Telemundo and news network MSNBC. The network also hasn't reached agreements with DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) or Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH).

Univision and ABC said Fusion will be based in Miami. The companies haven't yet named a management team for the network.

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