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Verizon TV Signs Public Television

Verizon reached an agreement to carry programming from PBS and local public television stations on its fiber-optic FiOS TV service.

Verizon Communications on Friday said it has reached an agreement to carry programming from PBS and local public television stations on its fiber-optic FiOS TV service.

The programming deal was signed with the Association of Public Television Stations and the Public Broadcasting Service. Financial terms were not disclosed, but under the multi-year agreement, every Verizon TV system would carry the full digital signal of up to three public TV stations within a service area. The deal includes high-definition TV programming and local stations' digital multicasts.

FiOS TV is currently available in parts of California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and Texas. It delivers more than 400 all-digital channels, including two-dozen high-definition channels, and access to an on-demand library of more than 2,500 titles.

The latest deal includes carriage of public safety warning information and formal education materials, such as certain subscription-based education data.

"The guaranteed carriage of public safety warning information was an essential part of the agreement," John Lawson, APTS president and chief executive, said in a statement. "This recognizes our partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and enables public television stations to reach FiOS TV subscribers with critical public alerts and warnings during times of crisis."

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