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Verizon Secures Discovery TV Content Deal

Verizon Communications is trying to show that it's serious about offering cable-like video service over its fledgling fiber-optic broadband network. Verizon announced a deal Wednesday with Discovery Communications to carry Discovery's 14 U.S.-based cable networks when the telco's planned Fios service launches next year. It's the first major deal between one of the Bells and a major cable programmer. Under the pact, Verizon's programming lineup will include Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Times Channel, The Science Channel, Discovery Home Channel, Military Channel, Discovery en Espanol, FitTV, BBC America and Discovery HD Theater. Verizon will also offer Discovery On Demand, the programmer's new video-on-demand (VOD) service.
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