Fox Reality locks distribution pacts

Deal to give net 35 million subscribers

Fox Reality, the nation’s only 24-hour all-reality programming service, has locked down distribution deals the net expects will push it over the 35 million-subscriber mark in its sophomore year, joining the ranks of National Geographic Channel, TNT and NFL Network.

Fox Reality has new distribution agreements with the nation’s top two cable system operators Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable. Fox Reality programming is already carried by seven of the nation’s 10 largest cable systems, DirecTV and telecom video provider Verizon.

Fox Reality launched in May 2005; its programming is available on television, broadband, cellular phones and other mobile devices.

Company inked a deal last month with Apple to deliver the first episode free of all of its upcoming original series to iTunes one week prior to the television premiere. Network plans several additions to the slate over the next few months including a new original series, “Rob & Amber: Against the Odds,” “The Amazing Race” and the second season of “American Idol Extra.”

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