Time Warner, Verizon ready to roll out TV Everywhere to FiOS subs

Fri, 05/14/2010 - 8:40am
Mike Robuck

Earlier this week at The Cable Show, Time Warner and Verizon announced that the telco’s FiOS subscribers would have access to some of the programmers’ content via a TV Everywhere service.

Last year, Verizon took Time Warner up on its offer to send online content to its video subscribers. Like Time Warner Cable’s service, Verizon’s FiOS customers will have access to Turner Networks’ TNT and TBS content for free, with plans in the works to add a mobile play, as well, in the future.

Shows such as “The Closer,” “Southland” and “Lopez Tonight” will be available for viewing within 24 hours when they originally air on Turner’s linear networks. The programs will be available in HD video quality, and Turner expects to launch additional networks during the remainder of the year.

Financial terms of the agreement between Time Warner and Verizon weren’t available.

Customers have to be subscribers to Verizon’s data and video services in order to have access to the programming, although they can use any broadband connection once they’re authenticated with their Verizon Online names and passwords.

The content will reside on a soon-to-be-launched Verizon Web portal and on existing TBS and TNT Web portals. Time Warner Cable launched its TV Everywhere service on the Turner Web portals, while Comcast chose to use its Fancast website for its Xfinity service that launched in December.

"Consumers want to access video any time, any place, and Verizon continues to expand our high-quality entertainment services, providing FiOS customers with access and control," said Mike Ritter, chief marketing officer for Verizon. "We will continue to work with companies like Time Warner and other early adopters to remain a leader in delivering the best content over the best network."

Verizon said it was working with a number of content providers to test and make available soon to FiOS customers additional online programming from a variety of content providers, including Fox News, CBS, MTV Networks, Hallmark Channel, Smithsonian Channel, the Tennis Channel and more.

Those channels will join other online video services already available to FiOS customers. These services include Time Warner's HBO, which launched HBO Go to FiOS customers in February.

"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 Inc. Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said. “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."

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