Time Warner, Verizon FiOS TV in "TV Everywhere" Partnership

--Univision to Offer Free, Live Online Streaming Coverage of All 64 FIFA World Cup Matches

Time Warner and Verizon announced Wednesday that they are partnering on a TV Everywhere initiative that will make a range of Time Warner's cable programming available online to Verizon FiOS TV subscribers. (Note: the TV Everywhere distribution model--which was originally championed by Time Warner's chairman and CEO, Jeff Bewkes--seeks, via authentication technology, to make programming that pay-TV customers have already paid for through their cable, satellite or IPTV subscriptions available to those customers on multiple Web sites and platforms, and thus aims to head off the threat posed to pay-TV services by the increasing availability of over-the-top programming).

Starting next month, the companies say, FiOS TV customers will automatically receive free, unlimited online access to content from Time Warner's Turner networks--TNT and TBS--with plans to bring the same content to mobile devices in the near future. Turner will launch additional networks to FiOS customers over the coming year, the companies promise. Verizon says that it is also working with a number of other content providers--including Fox News, CBS, MTV Networks, Hallmark Channel, Smithsonian Channel, the Tennis Channel and others--to make their content available online to its subscribers. It launched Time Warner-owned HBO's HBO Go online service to FiOS customers in February (note: other online programming services available to FiOS customers include Starz Play, ESPN3, Disney Connection, Epix and YES Network). "Verizon has been a great partner as we've explored new ways for their subscribers to access and interact with our popular networks," Time Warner's Bewkes said in a prepared statement. "TNT and TBS will now be available online to FiOS subscribers at no added cost. In less than a year, we've been able to launch our vision of delivering TV Everywhere to nearly 20 million customers nationwide."

Once the new Turner content launches for FiOS subscribers, Verizon and Time Warner say, popular programs such as "The Closer," "Southland," "Leverage" and "Lopez Tonight" will be available in HD quality at no extra charge within 24 hours of their live broadcast. According to the companies, FiOS customers who subscribe to both FiOS TV and FiOS Internet will be able to watch the programs on their PC's or laptops--at home or away--using any broadband connection. Using their Verizon Online user names and passwords, the companies say, FiOS customers will be able to access the programs either at http://www.verizon.com/fiostvonline or on soon-to-launch special TNT and TBS Web sites. After they complete their initial log-in, customers will not need to sign in again for up to 30 days, according to the companies. Online programming from additional content providers will also be accessible via the FiOS TV Online site or the providers' own Web sites, Verizon says.

In other broadband video content news:

  • US Spanish-language broadcaster, Univision, has announced plans to offer free, live, online streaming coverage of all 64 matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • KIT Digital has announced that it has expanded its partnership with Sports Network Television to provide extensive three-screen coverage of the FIFA World Cup. According to KIT, SNTV, which is a partnership between IMG Media and the Associated Press, "is the only non-linear broadcast accredited agency that will be reporting on all World Cup matches."

 

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