Verizon Communications Inc. signed a multiyear affiliation agreement with Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network to add the channel airing most New York Yankees Major League Baseball games to its Verizon FiOS TV offering in New York.
YES is now on channel 65 in “FiOS TV Premier,” the most popular programming package. The regional Bell operating company also has rights to add YES HD telecasts to the FiOS lineup of 23 HD channels.
Verizon charges $39.95 per month for FiOS TV Premier in the New York communities where the multichannel-video service has launched: MassapequaPark on Long Island and the villages of Nyack, South Nyack and Upper Nyack in RocklandCounty. The service is scheduled to launch soon in the Town of Hempstead, also on Long Island, in competition with incumbent Cablevision Systems Corp.
Verizon’s FiOS already offers SportsNet New York, the channel that airs New York Mets MLB games, on channel 67. As YES is partly owned by the Yankees, SNY is partly owned by the Mets and by cable providers Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable.
Verizon does not have carriage agreements with Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings Inc. to distribute the other two regional sports channels in the New York area, Madison Square Garden Network and FSN New York. Those channels air New York Knicks National Basketball Association contests and New York Rangers National Hockey League games, among others.
The telco filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission against Cablevision over the lack of an agreement to carry those channels.
YES also carries New Jersey Nets NBA games.