Tennis Channel and Verizon FiOS TV have reached a new multi-year carriage agreement, it was announced by Patrick Wilson, senior vice president, distribution, Tennis Channel, and Terry Denson, vice president of global content strategy, Verizon. Verizon has started rolling out Tennis Channel—with Grand Slam coverage of Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, French Open and the Australian Open, as well as Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and the men's and women's year-end championships— to FiOS TV subscribers in time for its 2012 Australian Open coverage. The channel is now available in the Texas, Florida, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and upstate New York FiOS TV markets and will be available in all other FiOS markets by tomorrow (Jan. 18).
From 2005 to this past September, Verizon FiOS TV carried Tennis Channel through its affiliation with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC). When Tennis Channel and the NCTC entered into a new carriage agreement on Sept. 3, FiOS TV opted to work directly with Tennis Channel for its own licensing arrangement. The result is a new, multiyear agreement that returns Tennis Channel to all FiOS TV customers who previously had access. Starting immediately, Tennis Channel is available to FiOS TV customers who subscribe to the FiOS TV Ultimate HD package, as well as the premium Sports Packages. Verizon plans to more widely roll out Tennis Channel next year.
"We're thrilled to be able to offer Tennis Channel to our FiOS TV customers again," said Denson. "Our customers have waited patiently for this channel to return to their TV screens, and we're happy to have it back. This new direct carriage agreement with Tennis Channel means FiOS once again offers a daily viewing destination for tennis fans."
Tennis Channel is the only single-sport network with coverage at all of its sport's top-level events. In addition to tennis' four major, Grand Slam competitions, the network has telecast rights to just about every tournament on the men's and women's professional circuits. Among these are the Olympus U.S. Open Series; ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events; "Fifth Slam" events in Miami and Indian Wells, Calif.; Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup; and the men's and women's season-ending championships. Throughout the year, the network's on-air talent roster resembles a who's who of tennis Hall of Famers and television personalities, featuring Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Lindsay Davenport, Tracy Austin, Bud Collins, Bill Macatee, Mary Carillo and Ted Robinson.