NEW YORK -Verizon today announced a programming-distribution agreement with NFL Network, the television channel providing fans with year-round programming on the National Football League. It is the latest in a series of content agreements that Verizon has announced.
Under the agreement, Verizon will carry the channel on Verizon FiOS TV when it launches later this year. Also included are NFL Network in HD and NFL on Demand, the network's video-on-demand programming, which currently ranks as the No. 1 sports content available on demand.
NFL Network is the first 24-hour, year-round television network dedicated to the National Football League and the sport of football. Launched 18 months ago, it has quickly established itself as a destination for anyone seeking an insider's view of news, information and analysis on the National Football League.
"We are pleased to add NFL Network to our extensive lineup of sports programming," said Terry Denson, vice president of programming and marketing for FiOS TV. "Our future customers will join the millions of passionate football fans who follow their favorite teams year-round on NFL Network."
Brian Decker, NFL Network vice president of affiliate sales, said, "As a recent newcomer ourselves, we are emboldened by Verizon's interest in video content and look forward to joining with them to provide advanced services into America's homes."
NFL Network will complement other major cable and network channels available to Verizon subscribers. Verizon previously announced agreements with NBC Universal Cable, Starz Entertainment Group, Showtime Networks, A&E Television Networks and Discovery Networks, GolTV, Gospel Music Channel, Soundtrack Channel, MavTV and Varsity TV, and is close to finalizing agreements with several other major content-partners.
Verizon FiOS TV will offer customers a competitive alternative to cable or satellite. In addition to the channels announced today, FiOS TV will also deliver hundreds of other digital video channels, high-definition programming, video-on-demand content, music channels, an interactive programming guide and other customer-friendly features via the company's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband network. Verizon is already constructing FTTP networks in half the states where it offers landline communications service.
Terms of the agreement are not disclosed.
NFL Network provides millions of fans of the great sport of football and the National Football League with a network to call their own. It takes 85 years of NFL history and combines it with the latest technology to bring television viewers sports entertainment at its highest level. To learn more, please log onto www.nfl.com/nflnetwork.
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