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'TV Everywhere' Rights Are Part of NBC-Verizon Carriage Pact

Multiyear Deal Covers TV Stations, Cable Nets, VOD, Web 11/26/2012 10:18 AM Eastern

NBCUniversal has struck a program carriage deal with Verizon FiOS that includes rights to over-the-top delivery to multiple screens.

The wide-ranging deal, announced Monday, includes retransmission-consent for NBC and Telemundo TV stations,  as well as its renewal for its portfolio of cable networks, including USA, E!, Bravo Media, CNBC, MSNBC,NBC Sports Network, Oxygen Media, Syfy, Telemundo Media and Golf Channel. TV Everywhere right are also part of the deal, which means Verizon can make that programming available for multiplatform viewing by authenticated subs.

"This comprehensive agreement benefits our viewers and Verizon’s FiOS TV customers by making programming available across NBCUniversal’s vast content portfolio wherever the viewer goes on any device,” said Matt Bond, executive vice president, content distribution, NBCUniversal, in a statement. “Verizon clearly understands and appreciates the value our stations, cable and Olympics content delivers to their subscribers. We look forward to continuing our long standing and mutually beneficial partnership and working closely together to develop new and innovative ways to engage subscribers.”

As part of its deal to create its joint venture with NBCU, Comcast, the nation's largest cable operators, promised to continue to make NBCU content available for online delivery by competing distributors. The deal follows a similar TV Everywhere carriage deal, also part of a broader agreement, struck with Suddenlink Communications last week and earlier in the month with Cablevision Systems.

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