Verizon and NBCUniversal has struck a "TV Everywhere" rights agreement so that FiOS customers will be able to watch the media company's entire programming portfolio live and on-demand via multiple platforms. In fact, some of the programming is accessible via the Verizon FiOS Mobile iPad app already, like USA, CNBC, MSNBC and Bravo. The agreement extends to retransmission rights from local NBC and Telemundo stations, future Olympic games and various Comcast SportsNet markets like Philadelphia, Mid Atlantic and New England. Hoping that exclusive movie rental window like the one in the UK will cross the pond? Don't hold your breath, but Verizon FiOS customers shouldn't have long to wait for the NBCUniversal package, which starts early next year.
NBCUNIVERSAL AND VERIZON OFFER TV EVERYWHERE RIGHTS FOR TOP SPORTS, NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING TO VERIZON FiOS TV CUSTOMERS BEGINNING EARLY NEXT YEAR
Comprehensive Content Affiliation Agreement Covers Retransmission Consent for NBC and Telemundo Owned Stations and Includes Rights to Air Olympic Games
New York, NY – November 26, 2012 – NBCUniversal and Verizon today announced a wide-ranging agreement for Verizon FiOS TV customers to be able to watch the entire portfolio of top-rated broadcast and cable networks of NBCUniversal live and on-demand via multiple platforms, both in and out of the home, beginning early next year. To access the online programming, Verizon customers must subscribe to FiOS TV.
The TV Everywhere rights for the networks of NBCUniversal are part of a broader agreement for Verizon FiOS TV customers, which also includes the full suite of top-rated cable networks from NBCUniversal: USA, Bravo Media, cloo, Chiller, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, mun2, NBC Sports Network, Oxygen Media, Style Media, Syfy, Telemundo Media and Golf Channel, as well as retransmission consent for local NBC and Telemundo owned stations. In addition, the long-term agreement includes expansive rights to carry the Olympic Games as well as carriage of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic, The Comcast Network-Philadelphia and Comcast SportsNet New England.
"This comprehensive agreement benefits our viewers and Verizon's FiOS TV customers by making programming available across NBCUniversal's vast content portfolio wherever the viewer goes on any device," said Matt Bond, Executive Vice President, Content Distribution, NBCUniversal. "Verizon clearly understands and appreciates the value our stations, cable and Olympics content delivers to their subscribers. We look forward to continuing our long standing and mutually beneficial partnership and working closely together to develop new and innovative ways to engage subscribers."
"As Verizon continues to expand our suite of programming across multiple devices, it's imperative that we offer our FiOS TV customers access to all that NBCUniversal has to offer," said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with NBCUniversal and growing our TV offering with anytime, anywhere access to their suite of programming."
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