Posted Fri Oct 3, 2014 at 02:30 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
Verizon FiOS customers will soon be able to stream Viacom programming in and out of the home.
Viacom and Verizon have announced the renewal of their carriage agreement. The new deal also includes the addition of out-of-home streaming support for live and on-demand playback of Viacom network content for FiOS subscribers.
"People want to watch TV anywhere, not just in their living rooms. Disruption in the TV marketplace is happening and Verizon wants to reach agreements with content providers like Viacom that reflect that reality and give people what they want," said Ben Grad, Executive Director, Content Strategy & Acquisition, Verizon. "We are thrilled to extend our long-term distribution partnership with Viacom Media Networks, delivering some of the most recognizable and popular kids, music and entertainment programming available to our customers anytime, anywhere on a variety of platforms from TV to wireless."
Under the agreement, Verizon FiOS will carry 25 Viacom networks, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, VH1, Spike, TV Land and CMT. Likewise, customers will have full access to live and on-demand content from Viacom stations through the FiOS mobile app -- both in the home and on the go. Subscribers will also be able to watch VOD content on multiple platforms through various Viacom TV Everywhere websites and apps.
"Verizon FiOS continues to be among the most innovative and consumer-focused video services on the market," said Samantha Cooper, Senior Vice President, Content Distribution, Viacom Media Networks. "We're glad to have reached an agreement with Verizon that covers the full spectrum of viewing options for their customers across platforms, including wireless, and extends our long-standing and productive partnership."
Verizon FiOS live out-of-home streaming for all of Viacom's channels is expected to launch early next year.
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