Aces: Verizon FiOS inks deal with Tennis Channel

Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 18-01-2012

Advantage, IPTV: Verizon FiOS has started to serve the Tennis Channel in the US with the intention to cover all of the major tournaments in the sport’s calendar.
This will include the currently running Australian Open, plus Grand Slam coverage of Wimbledon, the US Open, French Open and as well as the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and the men's and women's year-end championships.
The telco and network giant worked to get the channel deployed to FiOS TV subscribers in time to broadcast the ratings-friendly 2012 Oz Open and programming is now available in all FiOS markets, including Texas, Florida, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.
From 2005 to this past September, Verizon FiOS TV carried Tennis Channel through its affiliation with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC). When Tennis Channel and the NCTC entered into a new carriage agreement on 3 September, FiOS TV opted to work directly with Tennis Channel for its own licensing arrangement. Tennis Channel and Verizon FiOS TV have now reached a multiyear carriage agreement making the channel a part of the FiOS TV Ultimate HD package and its premium sports packages. Verizon plans to more widely roll out Tennis Channel next year.
"Our customers have waited patiently for this channel to return to their TV screens, and we're happy to have it back," said Terry Denson, vice president of global content strategy at Verizon. "This new direct carriage agreement with Tennis Channel means FiOS once again offers a daily viewing destination for tennis fans."
Tennis Channel is the only single-sport network with coverage of all top-level events. In addition to tennis' four major Grand Slam competitions, the network has telecast rights to almost every tournament on the men's and women's professional circuits. Among these are the Olympus U.S. Open Series; ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events; "Fifth Slam" events in Miami and Indian Wells, Calif.; Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup; and the men's and women's season-ending championships. Throughout the year, the network's on-air talent roster features legends of the game, including Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Lindsay Davenport, Tracy Austin, Bud Collins, Bill Macatee, Mary Carillo and Ted Robinson.
The agreement also covers digital distribution, including FiOS TV Online and Flex View, which extend FiOS TV Video on Demand beyond the home to the Internet and a range of mobile devices; an advanced interactive media guide; and the MY FiOS app, an easy-to-use mobile application that gives customers access to everything from movies, TV shows and personal content.