Verizon’s FiOS MVPD service used to get carriage rights to sports specialty service Tennis Channel via the National Cable Television Cooperative, but decided to instead cut its own deal. That has in fact been accomplished in time for FiOS subscribers to get coverage of major global tennis events starting with the 2012 Australian Open.
The channel is offered to subscribers of FiOS TV Ultimate HD package, as well as the premium Sports Packages.
FiOS representative Terry Denson stated, “We’re thrilled to be able to offer Tennis Channel to our FiOS TV customers again. 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’s Patrick Wilson added, “We’re happy to be back in front of Verizon subscribers. We couldn’t be more pleased that Tennis Channel will be part of Verizon FiOS TV lineup and that more of their customers than ever will have the chance to watch.”
The channel provides coverage of major events including the grand slam consisting 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