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.