Under the agreement, telco’s fiber-optic systems will carry stations in Boston, Baltimore and Tampa.
Hearst-Argyle Television said this morning that it has struck a long-term retransmission consent agreement with Verizon, under which Verizon’s FiOS TV fiber-optic systems will carry WCVB-TV Boston; WMUR-TV Manchester, N.H.; WBAL Baltimore; and WMOR Tampa, Fla.
The agreement includes video-on-demand and high-definition digital rights to the stations’ local programs and carriage of digital multicast programming.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
WCVB and WMUR are ABC affiliates; WBAL is an NBC affiliate; WMOR is an independent station.
The stations are available to all FiOS TV customers in their respective markets. In the Boston region, WCVB and WMUR are available on channels 5 and 9, respectively, in Woburn, Reading Lynnfield, Winchester, Burlington and North Reading, where Verizon has introduced FiOS TV service. Verizon also received video franchises for Tewksbury, Wakefield, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich and Stoneham, Mass., and will announce FiOS TV in those communities when it is available.
In Maryland, Verizon offers WBAL on channel 11 in parts of Clarksdale, Columbia and Ellicott City, and it has franchise authorization to launch FiOS TV in Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Bowie and Laurel.
In Florida, Verizon offers WMOR on channel 12 in parts of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Hillsborough, Pasco and Manatee counties. It recently was awarded a franchise for Sarasota County.
“Popular local video content is essential to the success of program distributors, whether that distribution is over the broadcast airwaves, or via satellite, coaxial cable or fiber-optic lines,” said David Barrett, Hearst- Argyle Television president and CEO. “Our TV stations are leading providers of branded local video content because of our commitment to localism, which is characterized by continual investment in high-quality local news coverage and other local programming. For this reason, our stations are among the most- watched TV channels in our markets.”