FearNet Scares Up Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS Deals


Horror-themed network FearNet is back on Time Warner Cable systems after the network reached a long-term carriage deal with the MSO, as well as Verizon FiOS.

The Comcast, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Lionsgate-owned network will launch on Time Warner Cable and its VOD platform this month, with its New York City system rolling out the VOD service May 9, after FearNet's 24-hour standard-definition and high-definition channels debuted May 1, said network officials.

The announcement comes two years  after Time Warner Cable dropped FearNet's VOD service following the expiration of its carriage deal with the network.

The network also offically announced its long-term carriage deal with Verizon FiOS, which has already launched FearNet's VOD and SD service.

In addition, Comcast will roll out the network's VOD service to its entire footprint under its pre-existing agreement., said the network. Comcast launched the linear SD and HD feed in its Philadelphia system last month.

"Genre fans are the most passionate fans in the entertainment universe, and we are committed to giving them the best programming in the form of distinctive Original Series, new Television and Broadcast Premieres, Classic Films and creative Stunts," said Peter Block, FearNet's president and general manager in a statement. "In a very short window, the FearNet launch team has secured an outstanding first batch of linear distribution partners, designed a great schedule, and really utilized our outreach into the Hollywood horror community for movies, commentary and on-camera fun. We're extremely grateful to the genre lovers nationwide who have taken the time to call their local television providers to request FearNet."