Cable Operators

Verizon Adds A&E Nets, Sportsman

4/22/2005 4:01 AM Eastern

Verizon Communications Friday announced a programming-distribution pact with A&E Television Networks, while The Sportsman Channel also said it has reached a deal with the telco.

Under terms of the AETN agreement, the regional Bell operating company will roll out A&E Network, The History Channel, The Biography Channel, History Channel International, Military History Channel, The History Channel en Español and Crime & Investigation Network on its “FiOS TV” service, set to launch later this year.

Video-on-demand content from the AETN services is also included in the deal.

Verizon will also add Sportsman, a full-time network dedicated exclusively to hunting and fishing programming.

“We recognize the investment and resources that Verizon is making toward the video-distribution business, and we are delighted to forge an alliance with one of the leaders in the telecommunication business to carry all of the AETN brands on their FiOS platform,” AETN executive vice president of distribution David Zagin said in a prepared statement.

“We are very pleased Verizon sees value in launching a channel dedicated to the 47 million hunters and anglers in the United States,” Sportsman CEO Michael Cooley said in a prepared statement. “They will offer their customers in these areas unparalleled footage on hunting and fishing that will not be available with other systems.”

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