Verizon has begun rolling out the high-definition simulcast version of BET to FiOS video customers in a number of its service areas.
The telco has launched BET HD, terms of the deal for which were not disclosed, in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida, New Jersey, downstate New York and the Philadelphia DMA. The provider will make BET HD available in Maryland, Virginia, Harrisburg, Buffalo and Syracuse by March 24 and to its remaining FiOS TV customers by March 29.
BET HD is available to all FiOS TV customers on channel 770 and 270 in standard definition. FiOS now counts 146 HD networks on its advances services roster.
"Today's consumers are clamoring for more high-definition programming, and the launch of BET HD is a great addition for our FiOS TV subscribers," said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon, in announcing the rollout. "It's an exciting time for FiOS, as we announce more and more programming options every week. And with BET HD, our customers are getting popular talk shows, original series and all of BET's music programming, all in high-definition."
Joseph Molko, senior vice president of content distribution and marketing at MTV/BET Networks, noted: "The launch of BET HD on FiOS TV marks an exciting addition for our network. With the addition of this new offering, we look forward to enhancing the viewing experience for our audience as we deliver the best in black entertainment and culture."
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