Local Now Launches On Verizon Fios TV

Allen Media Group’s streaming platform Local Now is available for all Verizon Fios TV customers with the newest set top-box models. Customers can now watch Local Now on Fios ch. 601 and through the Fios TV “Widgets” menu on Verizon Fios TV One, Fios TV One Mini, VMS1100 and the IPC1100 platforms. Local Now’s Fios […]

Widespread Internet Outages Hit Northeast U.S.

People posting on Twitter reported having issues connecting with various online services in the region stretching from Washington, D.C., to Boston. That densely populated area includes key U.S. government services as well as major financial companies such as Fidelity Investments.

FiOS TV Drops AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

CBS Gets Carriage For Dabl On Xfinity, Fios

CBS Television Distribution reached deals to have Comcast’s Xfinity and Verizon Fios carry its Dabl ad-supported lifestyle network in 13 markets. ViacomCBS owns TV stations in those markets and broadcasts the network on their subchannels.

Law&Crime Network Launches On Verizon FiOS

Law&Crime, a 24/7 true crime and live trial network, just launched on one of the largest cable providers in the United States — it’s now available on Verizon FiOS’s most popular channel packages nationwide. Law&Crime, which is already available on most major OTT platforms including Sling, fuboTV, Philo, Vidgo, Comcast Xfinity, XUMO and TV Plus, […]

Verizon Fios Adding The Weather Channel

Beginning June 24, The Weather Channel will retirn to Verizon Fios TV customers on ch. 611. It will also become available via the Fios TV app later this fall. The Weather Channel was dropped by Verizon in 2015. “We are happy to bring Fios TV customers another trusted resource for weather information with the addition […]

RETRANS

Tegna, Verizon Reach Multi-Year Carriage Deal

WUSA in Washington, D.C., WVEC in Norfolk, Va., and WGRZ in Buffalo, N.Y., have returned to the Verizon Fios lineup.

RETRANS

Tegna Stations Go Dark To Verizon Customers

Tegna television stations in three markets — Washington, D.C. (WUSA-CBS), Norfolk, Va. (WVEC-ABC) and Buffalo, N.Y. (WGRZ-NBC) — went dark to Verizon Communications Fios TV customers on Monday at 5 p.m. ET, after the parties failed to reach a retransmission consent agreement.

RETRANS

Disney Warns FiOS Customers Of Blackout

‘Tis the season for cable carriage fights, with Dec. 31 a common expiration date for major deals, and the latest battle is brewing between Disney and Verizon FiOS. The media company has started airing ads aimed at the 4.5 million subscribers to FiOS. The spots carry the message “don’t lose your shows.”

Tribune Sets Retrans Deals With Verizon, Others

New carriage contracts with FiOS, Atlantic Broadband and Google Fiber cover more than 3.6 million subscribers.

Univision Amps Up Criticism Of Verizon

Univision is ratcheting up its criticism of Verizon for deciding to “withhold Univision news, information and services from their Hispanic subscribers” by dropping the network’s signal from its FiOS service in a carriage dispute.

Univision Goes Dark On Verizon FiOS

In a surprise move, Univision was dropped from Verizon FiOS Monday at about 5 p.m. ET, where most of the 5 million or so affected customers are. The sides had been negotiating, but being dropped appears to have caught Univision off guard.

FETV Adds Verizon And Frontier

Family Entertainment TV said today the cable and satellite network has added Verizon FiOS (ch. 155) and Frontier Communications (ch. 155). FETV is currently on Dish Network (ch. 82), DirecTV (ch. 323) and ATT UVerse (ch. 578). Drew Sumrall, CEO of FETV, said: “FETV is one of the fastest growing networks in America, and we […]

Verizon Revamps ‘Skinny’ FiOS TV Bundles

Verizon Communications is overhauling the lower-priced FiOS Custom TV bundles, and will now offer two basic packages — one with sports channels, and one without them. The new “skinny” TV packages, launching Sunday, come almost a year after ESPN and other programmers objected to the initial Custom TV packaging, under which all sports nets were available only in optional add-on tiers. ESPN had filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Verizon over the issue.

Verizon Gets 1/3 Of TV Rev From ‘Skinny Bundles’

FiOS Launches Entertainment Studios’ Justice Central

Disney Bans Verizon ‘Cheap Bundle’ Ads

Verizon has been banished from the Magic Kingdom. Disney’s television networks and radio stations are refusing to accept ads for Verizon FiOS’ new slimmed-down cable TV package.

 

Fox, NBC Join Protest Over Slim FioS Bundle

Verizon’s effort to break-up the cable bundle and offer consumers cheaper television options ran into a major hurdle Tuesday after Fox and NBC joined Disney’s ESPN to express their opposition to the move. With consumers increasingly shunning the cost of huge bundles of cable channels, Verizon on Sunday launched cheaper, skinny packages tailored around specific genres.

FiOS Shifts To ‘Skinny Bundles’ For TV

In an effort to battle streaming rivals, the FiOS Custom TV service will begin on Sunday,  offering a base $55 monthly package that includes some customization.

Verizon FiOS Drops The Weather Channel

Another storm is brewing between The Weather Channel and one of its biggest distributors. Last year it was DirecTV, which dropped the channel for three months. Now it’s Verizon FiOS, which abruptly removed the channel from its television lineup on Sunday night.

DMA 7 (BOSTON)

WFXT Boston Returns To FiOS Lineup

Verizon FiOS and Cox Media Group, the new owner of Boston Fox affiliate WFXT, settled their retrans dispute Wednesday night, restoring access to the station for Massachusetts FiOS customers following a blackout on Thanksgiving Day.

DMA 7

WFXT Boston Returns To FiOS Lineup

DMA 7 (BOSTON)

WFXT Goes Dark On FiOS Over Cox Dispute

Some football fans in Massachusetts and Rhode Island had to scramble to find alternative ways to watch the Eagles-Cowboys Thanksgiving game as the Fox station in the area, WFXT, which carries the matchup, went dark on Verizon FiOS at 3 a.m. Thursday, affecting 400,000 customers. The reason is awfully familiar — another retransmission fee dispute between Verizon and Cox Media Group, which bought the Boston-based station WFXT from Fox in June and embarked on renegotiating retransmission fees.

Verizon Agrees To Carry SEC Network On FiOS

FiOS Streaming CBS, Fox Affils In-Home

It’s still not close to TV Everywhere, but Verizon Communications is expanding live-TV streaming options to let FiOS customers watch CBS and Fox stations in several East Coast markets at home on tablets and smartphones.

AT&T, Verizon Might Refocus TV Strategy

When both companies launched their TV services, BlackBerry was cutting edge and the iPhone was still more than two years away. The emergence of streaming wasn’t obvious. Both companies are positioned to handle mobile demand, but expanding TV services is expensive and difficult to muster as demand stays depressed.

Verizon Wants A National TV Audience

Verizon is having conversations with major programmers about how to bring its FiOS programming service to a national audience, sources say. Such a move would ape similar attempts by Comcast and Dish to gain control over TV channel rights that go beyond their existing footprint in the event the business goes through a radical shift.

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CBS And Verizon Reach Carriage Agreement

The three-year deal includes retransmission consent for CBS Owned Stations on Verizon FiOS TV as well as increased carriage of CBS Sports Network.

Fox Sports 1 Launch Set With All Operators

Fox announced Thursday that its new national sports network — Fox Sports 1 — is set to bow Saturday with all major cable, satellite and telco TV operators, including late holdouts DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable. FS1 will be distributed to about 90 million U.S. households, according to Fox.

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CBS Blackout Drives Verizon FiOS Sub Gains

With Time Warner and CBS locked in a nasty contractual dispute, leaving 3.2 million cable customers without the network, Verizon is beginning to benefit. The telecom giant, according to industry sources, has seen its FiOS subscription base rise between 5% and 15% in various neighborhoods compared to last year.

Verizon’s FiOS TV Sub Growth Slows In 1Q

TV, Film Launch Violence Info Campaign

A multimedia public service effort is designed to raise parental awareness of TV and film ratings, parental controls, media literacy and mental health issues.

AMC Reaches Carriage Deal With FiOS

The companies announced that they have a pact to keep the channels on the phone giant’s video system past the end of December, when the current contract expires. While the companies didn’t disclose specific terms, AMC says that it’s a “long-term agreement” that “recognizes the value of our networks.”

DMAS 41, 58 & 84,

Newport, FiOS Make Deals In Three Markets

Newport Television-owned stations in Harrisburg, Pa.; Albany, N.Y.; and Syracuse, N.Y., have been restored to local Verizon FiOS systems over the weekend after the two companies reached a new retransmission deal.

RETRANS WARS – DMA 84 (SYRACUSE, NY)

WSYR, FiOs Down To The Wire In Syracuse

The Newport-owned ABC affiliate is telling viewers that view the station via Verizon’s FiOS service that they may not receive the channel after Thursday.The two companies are in the midst of retransmission consent contract negotiations. The current contract expires Thursday.

DMA 53 (PROVIDENCE, RI)

WJAR, Verizon Set New Retrans Agreement

Media General’s NBC affiliate in Providence, R.I., today announced that it has reached an agreement on a new retransmission consent contract with Verizon FiOS.

DMA 27

Sinclair, Verizon Reach Deal In Baltimore

Verizon and Sinclair Broadcast Group reached a retransmission consent agreement, according to Bill Fanshawe, general manager of Baltimore’s WBFF and WNUV. WBFF is owned and WNUV is managed by the Hunt Valley based broadcaster. The old deal expires on Dec. 31.

DMA 23

Sinclair, FiOS In Retrans Tussle In Pittsburgh

Sinclair Broadcasting Group, owner of WPGH (Fox) and WPMY (MNT), whose contract for carriage with Verizon’s FiOS expires on Dec. 31, says “based on the current status of negotiations we do not believe they will be carrying this stations after that date.”

History Launches TV Screen Commerce Initiative

Fios TV App Bringing 26 Chs To Xbox 360

Starting in December, Xbox Live Gold members will be able to download a Verizon Fios TV application to their Xbox 360 gaming consoles. Upon doing so, and as long as they’re both Verizon TV and Internet subscribers, they’ll be able to watch live programming on 26 channels through Verizon’s service.