Cox Media Group pulled Fox affiliate WFXT-TV off Verizon FiOS on Thanksgiving amid an impasse on retrans renewal negotiations, leaving 400,000 of the pay-TV operator's customers in Boston and Rhode Island without NFL Football and other Fox programming.
Viacom included a pitch for the interactive kids' channel it plans to launch this spring in Verizon FiOS TV homes during its upfront presentation for advertisers in New York on Thursday.
Verizon will begin deploying its next-generation FiOS Media Server at the end of the first quarter, Shawn Strickland, VP for video in the company's product group, told FierceCable.
NEW YORK--Former Redbox Instant CEO Shawn Strickland is now overseeing Verizon's FiOS TV, Verizon Digital Media Services and Redbox Instant businesses following a reorganization that the telco implemented in late December.
Verizon plans to launch an interactive version of Viacom's Nickelodeon Junior later this year that will allow parents to craft personalized programming lineups from live and on-demand versions of preschool programs such as "Mike The Knight" and "Yo Gabba Gabba."
Dish Network and Verizon's FiOS TV are reducing the number of smartphone and tablet applications their subscribers need to control set-tops and watch video on mobile devices.
Verizon said it picked up 135,000 FiOS TV and 173,000 FiOS Internet subscribers in the third quarter, while it lost 117,000 DSL customers.
Verizon said FiOS TV subscribers won't be able to watch home movies and videos they've downloaded from the Internet on TVs connected to its set-tops beginning Nov. 1, when it'll stop supporting the Verizon Media Manager app for PCs and Macs.
Walt Disney Co. said Thursday that it signed a TV Everywhere authentication deal with Verizon which will give FiOS TV subscribers access to mobile video apps Watch ABC, Watch Disney Channel and a multiplatform product it is developing for ABC Family.
Verizon will likely report on Thursday that it has cracked the 5 million FiOS TV subscriber mark when it reports second-quarter earnings. The telco, which counted 4.9 million subscribers at the end of Q1, should surpass the 5 million mark for pay TV subscribers.