Tennis Channel, Verizon Strike Carriage Deal

The Tennis Channel and Verizon have worked out a carriage deal which will allow the channel to be carried across the telecom compnay’s FiOS TV network.

The multi-year agreement was put in place in time for the channel to appear in the Texas, Florida, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and upstate New York FiOS TV markets in time for the beginning of the Australian open.  The rollout will be made available to all FiOS TV customers by the end of the day tomorrow.

Since 2005 the Tennis Channel had been made availabe through Verizon’s agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative.  But since last September the parties have been working on its own carriage agreement.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer Tennis Channel to our FiOS TV customers again,” said Terry Denson, vice president of global content strategy, Verizon in a press release. “Our customers have waited patiently for this channel to return to their TV screens, and we’re happy to have it back. This new direct carriage agreement with Tennis Channel means FiOS once again offers a daily viewing destination for tennis fans.”

“We’re happy to be back in front of Verizon subscribers. said  Patrick Wilson, senior vice president, distribution, Tennis Channel “We couldn’t be more pleased that Tennis Channel will be part of Verizon FiOS TV lineup and that more of their customers than ever will have the chance to watch.”

Tennis Channel is available to FiOS TV customers who subscribe to the FiOS TV Ultimate HD package, as well as the premium Sports Packages.

NBC to Stream Super Bowl Live For the First Time in the United States

NBC and the NFL have announced that Super Bowl XLVI, the Pro Bowl, and the network’s two Wild Card Playoff games will be streamed live to computers in the United States.  This is the first time the NFL post season will be available to live viewing online.

NBC Postseason Extra will provide the streaming on NBC and  Streaming of the games will also be made available on the NFL Mobile app on Verizon.

“We are pleased to work with our partners NBC and Verizon to bring our fans more ways to watch their favorite sport during their favorite time of the year,” said Hans Schroeder, NFL Senior Vice President of Media Strategy and Development in a press release. 

“With a heritage of streaming live NFL games since 2008, we are especially excited to now bring our unique and innovative SNF Extra video experience to the NFL Playoffs, Pro Bowl, and Super Bowl,” said Rick Cordella, Vice President & General Manager, NBC Sports Digital Media. “By adding multiple camera angles, HD-quality video, DVR controls along with social interactivity, our online streaming represents a compelling, second-screen experience that nicely complements NBC’s on-air presentation.”

The service will be implemented on January 7th as NBC provides coverage of two Wild Card playoff games.