Verizon Rolls Out World TV International Channels

Verizon’s FiOS TV is launching 14 international networks from World TV, officials said Wednesday.

World TV and its parent Globecast are providing Verizon with rights, content aggregation, encoding and encryption as well as fiber delivery for the new channels.

The World TV additions to the FiOS platform include: RTR Planeta, Russian; KISB x 3 channels, Korean; Kuwait and MBT, Arabic; CTN and TVK, Cambodian; BN and NTV, Balkan; Public TV of Armenia, Armenian; Pro TV and RSC1, Romanian; and RTPi, Portuguese.

World TV has access to multicultural content from five continents, including more than  200 channels currently offered to direct-to-home viewers via Intelsat’s Galaxy-25 satellite in the United States.

World TV -- currently in discussion with several other major cable operators, telcos and broadband TV providers in North America -- draws on the broadcast expertise of GlobeCast, which is a subsidiary of France Telecom with 18 offices worldwide. World TV also has its own team of broadcast experts located in New York, Washington, Sunrise, Fla., and Los Angeles.