Some small cable networks are worried that a combined
In a memo to his staff, Eric Sherman, chief executive of health and wellness channel Veria Living, said he is "not optimistic that this new development will be good for us or other independent networks."
Owned by Indian media giant Zee Group, Veria Living is a specialty channel that focuses on Eastern wellness practices. Its programs include "Got Zen?" and "BollyBlast." Zee Group is trying to broaden its appeal to compete with other lifestyle networks.
Sherman, a veteran cable industry executive and former manager of Aerosmith lead singer
In his letter to staff, Sherman said Veria Living's efforts to get carriage by Comcast and Time Warner Cable have been frustrating. He said the attitude has been, "we will meet with you as many times as you'd like, but we will not give you a deal ... we don't launch channels that we don't have to."
Also concerned is
Other smaller programmers including the arts network Ovation praised Comcast after the Time Warner Cable deal. Comcast, as part of its deal to acquire
A Comcast spokeswoman said the cable operator is "very proud of our track record with independent networks."
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