Verizon has entered the pro basketball distribution arena, connecting on a multiyear agreement with NBA Digital for the league's in-house network and its out-of-market package.
The telco will add NBA TV to FiOS TV's Extreme HD package, its most popular offering, together with ESPN HD, NFL Network HD and other services. Bolstering its subscriber base, NBA TV will be available in both standard- and high-definition formats.
Beginning Sept. 23 and continuing through Nov. 4, customers can subscribe to NBA League Pass for early-bird pricing of $169 for the season by calling Verizon at 888-553-1555. The package gives fans the opportunity to watch up to 40 out-of-market NBA games each week.
"FiOS TV is the best place to watch basketball and all other sports programming," said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon, in a statement."Our stunning picture-and-sound quality gives FiOS TV customers the equivalent of a courtside seat for the entire NBA season, enabling them to experience the excitement of the game from the comfort of their own home."
NBA League Pass subscribers can also take advantage of the NBA League Pass Stats Central channel, which provides real-time updates including scores, stats and league news from around the NBA.
"We are excited to expand distribution of NBA League Pass and NBA TV via Verizon's state-of-the-art FiOS TV service," said Bryan Perez, senior vice president and general manager, NBA Digital, in a statement. "NBA Digital's multi-platform capabilities marry perfectly with FiOS, allowing us to bring the best in NBA games and programming to Verizon customers."
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