Verizon signed an expansive carriage deal with NBCUniversal, which will enable the company to offer live and on-demand programming from NBC’s stable of channels to FiOS TV subscribers whether they are in or outside their home. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of cable rival Comcast, which has service territories that overlap with Verizon’s FiOS division.
This carriage deal allows full mobile rebroadcasting rights, which means FiOS subscribers will be able to access live programming and On Demand programming from NBC’s family of networks on their mobile device as long as there’s a strong internet connection. This is true TV Everywhere—FiOS customers can stream NBCUniversal programming whether they are inside or outside their homes.
Currently, FiOS subscribers can stream live TV programming from 75 networks on their Apple iPad within their own homes. Starting early next year, FiOS subscribers will be able to stream NBC content on their mobile devices such as the iPad. However, restrictions on sports programming is still unclear, and should be revealed once mobile device streaming outside the home becomes a reality.
Verizon is also partnering with Comcast to offer cross promotional deals that include Comcast cable bundles and discount packages on Verizon wireless plans and mobile devices. These special cross promotional offers are only available in areas serviced by Comcast but not FiOS, which should prevent direct competition for either company’s cable services.