Nexstar, Verizon End Carriage Dispute

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IRVING, TX and NEW YORK CITY—Nexstar Media Group, Inc. and Verizon FiOS have reached a comprehensive multi-year distribution agreement that will restore local television stations in 10 markets and Nexstar’s national cable news network, NewsNation to the Verizon FioS line-up.   

These 13 local television stations and related cable and multi-cast networks had been off of Verizon’s  platform system since October 14 at midnight when the two companies were unable to come to terms on a new carriage agreement.  

The deal means that more than three million Verizon FiOS subscribers will again have access to the  network and local entertainment, live sports, and news programming provided by these local  television stations and by NewsNation. 

The agreement also means that Verizon subscribers won’t miss the start of Major  League Baseball’s World Series, which begins tonight, or any of this weekend’s college and NFL Football  games, the companies said. 

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.