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NBCUniversal grants Verizon TV Everywhere rights

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MUMBAI: US media conglomerate NBCUniversal and Verizon have announced a wide-ranging agreement for Verizon FiOS TV customers to be able to watch the entire portfolio of broadcast and cable networks of NBCUniversal live and on-demand via multiple platforms, both in and out of the home, beginning early next year.

To access the online programming, Verizon customers must subscribe to Fios TV.

The TV Everywhere rights for the networks of NBCUniversal are part of a broader agreement for Verizon FiOS TV customers, which also includes the full suite of cable networks from NBCUniversal including USA, Bravo Media, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Oxygen Media, Style Media and Golf Channel, as well as retransmission consent for local NBC and Telemundo owned stations.

In addition, the long-term agreement includes expansive rights to carry the Olympic Games as well as carriage of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic, The Comcast Network-Philadelphia and Comcast SportsNet New England.

NBCUniversal executive VP, content distribution Matt Bond said, "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. 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."

Verizon VP of content strategy, acquisition Terry Denson said, "As Verizon continues to expand our suite of programming across multiple devices, it‘s imperative that we offer our Fios TV customers access to all that NBCUniversal has to offer. We look forward to continuing our relationship with NBCUniversal and growing our TV offering with anytime, anywhere access to their suite of programming."

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