Fox and Comcast Sign TV Everywhere Pact
Distribution deal covers stations, cable networks
By Jon Lafayette -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/12/2013 10:09:06 AM
The agreement will give Comcast customers access to programming on televisions and other devices, including computers, tablets and smartphones.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but in the announcement, the companies said that they will "collaborate on new multiplatform offerings so that the companies can take advantage of new technologies and programming through the life of the deal, including Comcast's advanced advertising and ad systems integration services."
Fox has been working on plans to rebrand and reprogram some of its cable networks. While some of those networks are covered by the new agreements, the companies did not mention the new channels, notably a national sports network—Fox Sports 1—to be built out of the Speed channel, and FXX—to be created out of Fox Soccer Channel.
The companies say that are working on a new service that will make next day, full-episode streaming of select Fox programming online to authenticated Comcast customers.
Fox Now apps are being developed which will provide interactive and social functions while Comcast viewers watch Fox programming.
"This unprecedented TV Everywhere agreement enables us to take advantage of the innovative technologies and platforms we've developed to deliver the best content to our customers," Greg Rigdon, executive VP, content acquisition for Comcast Cable, said in a statement. "For the first time we are unlocking the value of some of Fox's best content by making it available to Xfinity TV customers through new applications and devices."
Mike Hopkins, president of distribution at Fox Networks, said, "This agreement will bring Fox's brands and content to Xfinity TV customers on all platforms and we are excited to begin this journey with Comcast."
The agreement covers live and on-demand programming from 20 Fox Television Stations (13 Fox and 7 MyNet) as well as FX, FX Movie Channel, Speed, Fuel TV, Fox Soccer, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, MundoFox, Fox Deportes and Fox Business Network.
Under the agreement, Comcast or Xfinity TV customers will have On Demand and online access to:
Episodes from key primetime series on Fox, FX, FX Movie Channel, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Speed and Fuel TV, and one of the largest On Demand offerings of episodes of current seasons available from Fox, FX, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild, including such popular shows as Glee, Bones, The Simpsons, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans, Wicked Tuna, Diggers and Alpha Dog, among several others. The agreement also provides access to dozens of hit movies from FX and the FX Movie Channel, including some of the biggest blockbusters airing on these networks, as well as access to content on Fox's websites and applications.
S Simon - 2/12/2013 10:47:54 AM EST
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