Verizon and TV One announced on Monday (Feb. 22) that TV One has launched its video-on-demand offering on Verizon's FiOS TV service.
FiOS TV subscribers can celebrate Black History Month with a variety of special VOD programming from TV One, which targets African-American viewers. The programming includes the history of black fashion and the role of the Ebony Fashion Fair; the true story of singer Roger Troutman and his band, Zapp; and the history of the civil rights movement, with performances from Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Bob Marley, among others.
"We are happy to be working with Verizon to launch this VOD service to their FiOS TV customers," said Michelle Rice, executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing for TV One. "Verizon clearly recognizes the value in serving their adult African-American audience, and our VOD offering is designed to further entice viewers to experience on-demand service."
Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon, said, "The timing couldn't be more perfect to launch TV One on our extensive FiOS TV VOD service. During this year's Black History Month and throughout the year, I'm certain many of our subscribers will take advantage of this engaging programming."
TV One features a broad mix of original and existing content, including original real-life entertainment series, dramas, sitcoms, music, movies and public affairs programming. FiOS TV customers will have access to a minimum of five hours each month of short- and long-form on-demand programming, with full episodes from popular series like "The Hughleys" and "Divorce Court" as well as vignettes and musical performances from top-name entertainers.
TV One joins Verizon's industry-leading FiOS TV VOD service, which offers about 18,000 monthly titles, including 2,800 in high definition (HD). FiOS TV offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 560 all-digital channels including TV One (channel 271) and up to 138 HD channels. FiOS also provides next-generation interactive services including an advanced interactive media guide; social TV, news and entertainment widgets; remote DVR management; multi-room DVR; and more.
About TV One
Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvoneonline.com) is available in nearly 49.9 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-oriented original programming, classic series, movies, fashion and music that focus on African-American themes, issues culture and politics. TV One's investors include Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK; www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets African American and urban listeners; Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA and CMCSK; www.comcast.com], the leading cable television company in the country; The DirecTV Group; Constellation Ventures; Syndicated Communications; and Opportunity Capital Partners.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 91 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of approximately 222,900 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.