FearNet Launches Linearly With FiOS


FearNet has scored its first linear launch, rolling out on Verizon FiOS' video packages.
The horror and thriller service, which is owned by Comcast, Sony Pictures Television and Lionsgate, is now available on FiOS TV's Extreme and Ultimate packages. Deal terms were not disclosed.
FearNet, which was established as a video-on-demand and Internet service, had sought to gain carriage deals this summer in time for an Oct. linear1aunch. It is positioned on channel 197.

Comcast, Cox Communications, FiOS, AT&T's U-verse TV, Insight Communications, Bresnan Communications and Guadalupe Valley Systems offer FearNet VOD content, representing 26 million homes.

"As we add more and more programming to our FiOS TV lineup, we look for channels like FEARnet that help fill a specific genre," said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon, in a statement. "Making FearNet available as a linear channel, in addition to our already existing VOD programming, means that our customers will have greater access to this exciting lineup of horror movies."
Noted FearNet president and general manager Peter Block: "We're excited to make FearNet's unrivaled modern thriller, suspense and horror library available on Verizon FiOS TV. This new linear channel will extend FearNet's broad devoted fan base of 26 million VOD household subscribers, offering consumers the best titles in the genre and making FearNet a true multiplatform network."