When Byron Allen's Allen Media Group bought The Weather Channel for $300 million in March 2018, all eyes were suddenly on the comedian turned media mogul. But Allen's Entertainment Studios had been ramping up programming and distribution for over a decade for the suite of seven HD networks, starting in 2009 with a landmark deal with Verizon Fios to carry six of Allen's networks. Brands like Justice Central.TV, Comedy.TV and Recipe.TV began to grow as distribution deals were signed with AT&T U-Verse, DirecTV and DISH.
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