Univision, Verizon FiOS ink wide-ranging carriage agreement

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia ©RapidTVNews | 04-06-2012

Univision and Verizon FiOS IPTV service have inked a US agreement that includes continued carriage of, and on-demand programming for, Univision's and TeleFutura's owned and operated broadcast stations.

This includes distribution of the cable network Galavision; the network feeds for Univision and TeleFutura; and the launch of Univision's new networks -- sports network Univision Deportes, telenovelas network Univision tlnovelas and FOROtv, a Spanish-language news network.

"As the country's leading provider of Spanish-language programming, we are committed to giving our customers the most robust package of such programming available today," said Ben Grad, director of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon. "We look forward to working with Univision Communications to ensure FiOS TV features the Spanish-language channels that are important to our customers."

The agreement also includes plans for multiplatform authentication rights for UVideos, Univision's new digital video platform for online Hispanic programming.

"We are excited to expand our relationship with Verizon as they recognize the growth potential with the exploding Hispanic demographic in this country," said Deanna Andaverde, senior vice president of distribution sales and marketing at Univision. "This deal speaks to Univision and Verizon's commitment to continue to deliver compelling and relevant content offerings to U.S. Hispanics."

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