Turner turns to Verizon in major distribution deal

Following hot on the heels of Tuesday’s Turner blackout for 600,000 Cable One customers, Turner Broadcasting System and Verizon have announced a comprehensive long-term distribution deal that will deliver content from the former’s portfolio of networks to the latter’s FiOS customers, across a variety of screens, including television, PC, tablet and handheld devices.

“We are extremely pleased to have reached this comprehensive agreement with Verizon, one of the largest and fastest-growing content distributors in the country,” says David Levy, President of Turner Broadcasting System. “This agreement between our two companies represents another renewal with a leading distributor for our valuable content across our expansive portfolio of networks, and further enhances our mutual goal to deliver premium video content to our respective subscribers and viewers across a variety of screens.”

The terms of the deal were undisclosed. For Verizon customers, the activation of various aspects of the TV Everywhere rights will happen in stages, with some taking place in the fourth quarter of 2013 and some in the first half of 2014.

Cable One, meanwhile, said it will credit its customers for the loss of Turner programming on their next billing statements.


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