Nexstar Broadcasting Group has reached a multi-year agreement with Verizon for retransmission services through Verizon's fiber-optic powered FiOS TV service. The deal gives Verizon the non-exclusive right to distribute Nexstar's locally produced content, including market-leading local newscasts, and to carry both the analog and digital, including HD, signals of all Nexstar stations located within FiOS TV markets. Nexstar in 2/06 announced successful retransmission negotiations with approximately 150 cable operators as well as with both direct broadcast satellite providers, overbuilders (secondary cable providers) and wireless cable providers in its markets.
Under the agreement, Verizon will carry the FOX affiliate (WFFT) in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a new FiOS TV market that launches this summer. As of 3/31, Verizon FiOS TV was available to 3.1 million households in parts of 10 states: California, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.