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YES is going "On-Demand" with Verizon FIOS - Could DIRECTV be next?


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#1 OFFLINE   Drew2k

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 12:27 PM

The following is a press-release posted at YES about an agreement reached between YES and Verizon to make YES content available on-demand to Verizons' FIOS customers. I can only hope that YES and DIRECTV are working on a similar deal!

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Link: http://web.yesnetwor...=1467605&vkey=2

YES, Verizon reach Video-on-Demand agreement

Verizon FiOS TV First to offer YES' Yankees Games On-Demand in New York Area

By YES Network
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NEW YORK - The YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country for the past six years, and Verizon, the only major provider that delivers all-digital TV service over an advanced all-fiber network straight to customers' homes, have reached a multiyear video-on-demand agreement. The agreement will provide Verizon's FiOS TV digital subscribers throughout New York state and in north and central New Jersey access for the first time to telecasts of New York Yankees games and other YES programming on demand. The YES on-demand programming will be available beginning Wednesday (April 8). This makes Verizon the first distributor to offer Yankees games on demand.
In addition to YES' Yankees telecasts, FiOS TV customers will have access to other YES programming such as the network's Emmy Award-winning Yankees post-game shows and "Yankees On Deck" series, the Emmy-nominated "CenterStage" interview show, "The Joe Girardi Show" and "Yankees Magazine."
The YES Network won 13 New York Emmy Awards on March 29, more than any other cable or broadcast entity in New York. "This agreement with Verizon ensures that more Yankees fans than ever before can watch YES' Emmy Award-winning Yankees telecasts," said Ray Hopkins, COO, the YES Network. "Verizon customers will have unprecedented access to YES' deep programming lineup, whether it be Yankees-themed shows or our other critically acclaimed interview and magazine shows." Terry Denson, vice president - FiOS TV content and programming, said, "Verizon's pure picture-and-sound quality will give Yankees fans an armchair baseball experience that rivals actually being there. And our industry-leading video-on-demand (VOD) library gives viewers the convenience of watching whatever they want, whenever they want."
FiOS TV offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 500 all-digital channels and 14,000 video-on-demand (VOD) titles each month - 70 percent of which are free. Verizon's VOD library also includes more than 1,300 HD titles. FiOS TV is currently available to more than 9.2 million homes in 14 states.
For more information on FiOS TV consumers can visit www.verizon.com/fiostv or call their local Verizon sales office or 888-438-3467.

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Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 80 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 224,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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The YES Network features exclusive telecasts of the 26-time World Champion New York Yankees and the New Jersey Nets. In addition to the Yankees and Nets, YES televises other pro and college games, as well as Emmy Award-winning biography, interview and magazine programs. The network also presents a live daily simulcast of WFAN's Mike'd Up: Francesa on the FAN show. Further YES Network information can be found at www.yesnetwork.com.



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Posted 10 April 2009 - 12:30 PM

This would be a great addition to DTV's on demand line up. I eagerly await the anouncement.

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 01:26 PM

This would indeed be cool if extended to D*. But, I hope it's not geography bound! I can understand the concerns over game telecasts, but I'd love to be able to see the other YES programming like Yankeeography!
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