Verizon, Now With 1 Million Subs, Will Carry MGM HD

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios says its new MGM HD Channel will go up soon on Verizon’s expanding FiOS TV fiber optic cable service, thereby giving the telco one of the biggest inventories of motion pictures (more than 4,000 titles) and Academy Award winners (more than 200 Oscars so far) in the world.

MGM HD Channel operates on a 24/7 basis, and all its content is transmitted in 1080i. The channel went up on DirecTV last October, and Verizon said it will begin its carriage late this year. Verizon’s regional FiOS systems (all of which will carry MGM HD) currently include portions of 13 states: California, Virginia, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas.

In addition to what it says are its classic MGM theatrical hits, MGM HD said in a statement it will strive to become “the ultimate resource for serious movie fans” by offering periodic original programming and other new content.

Verizon FiOS also said this week it has signed up its one-millionth sub.