Verizon FiOS will kick off offer a free two-week preview of One World Sports later this month.
From Oct. 18 through Nov. 3 all of FiOS's 5-million-plus video customers will have access to the global sports network's lineup. The telco launched the network on its FiOS TV Extreme and FiOS TV Ultimate packages in April.
Among the programming highlights during the freeview span is "Super Soctober Saturday," as One World Sports will devote its Oct. 25 schedule to array of futbol fare, featuring eight soccer matches over an 18.5-hour span.
Underlining the network's global lineup, Super Soctober Saturday features the first leg of the AFC Champions League Final, live from Sydney, Australia; a trio of J. League matches from Nippon; an A-League derby matchup from Australia between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City; plus an encore presentation of the 2014 FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Hull City.
In primetime, the network travels westward across The Pond to showcase the defending NASL champion New York Cosmos as they face their long-standing rival, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, live at 7:30pm (ET).
The network is also flanking the preview gambit with “One World Sports Super Soctober Sweepstakes” in which the winner and a guest will be flown to London, to see the Premier League action pitting Arsenal versus Everton F.C. at Emirates Stadium on Feb, 28, 2015. Viewers can enter the “Super Soctober Sweepstakes” at www.oneworldsports.com.
During the preview period, FiOS customers also will have a chance to see the start of the Chinese Basketball Association season when the defending champions Beijing Ducks and its star, former New York Knick Stephon Marbury, take on the Guangdong Southern Tigers, featuring recent American high school recruit, Emmanuel Mudiay, who is projected to be one of the top picks in the 2015 NBA 2015 draft. Plus, six live Kontinental Hockey League games and the final leg of the AFC Champions League Finals will be telecast during the freeview.
FiOS will promote One World Sports in a number of its marketing channels, including cross-channel spots, email communication, web banners and a presence on the interactive media guide that all subscribers see when they turn on their TVs.
In addition to Verizon, One World Sports has affiliate pacts with Dish Network, Charter Communications, Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Mediacom Communications, Hawaiian Telcom and Google Fiber.