New pact includes TV Everywhere

Fox Networks and Comcast have rolled up their deals into a sweeping new long-term distribution pact that includes features like full seasons of video-on-demand for many shows, live streaming and the ability to redraw the map as technology shifts.

The congloms didn’t release financial terms or a time frame, but industry sources said the pact runs through 2020 for most Fox networks, or about seven years, even though not all deals were imminently expiring since it was easier to package them together.

Move echoes to an extent a sweeping 10-year deal Comcast inked with Disney a year ago.

It provides to nearly 22 million Xfinity subscribers both live and on-demand programming from 20 broadcast stations — 13 Fox and seven MyNetwork — as well as FX, FX Movie Channel, Speed, Fuel TV, Fox Soccer, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, MundoFox, Fox Deportes and Fox Business Network. It crosses TV, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and Internet-enabled televisions.

The agreement, as did the pact with Disney, also includes a framework for both companies to continue to collaborate on new multiplatform offerings to take advantage of new technologies and programming through the life of the deal, including Comcast’s advanced advertising and ad systems integration services.

Key components of the agreement include the following:

• Episodes from key primetime series on Fox, FX, FX Movie Channel, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Speed and Fuel TV.

• One of the largest on demand offerings of episodes of current seasons available from Fox, FX, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild, including “Glee,” “Bones,” “The Simpsons,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Justified,” “The Americans” and “Wicked Tuna.”

• Dozens of hit movies from FX and the FX Movie Channel.

•Access to content on Fox’s websites and applications.

• Plans to make available next-day full episode streaming of select Fox programming online to authenticated Xfinity subs.

“This unprecedented TV Everywhere agreement enables us to take advantage of the innovative technologies and platforms we’ve developed to deliver the best content to our customers,” said Greg Rigdon, exec VP of content acquisition for Comcast Cable. “Together with Fox, thanks to the leadership of Peter Rice, Mike Hopkins and his team, for the first time we are unlocking the value of some of Fox’s best content by making it available to Xfinity TV customers through new applications and devices.”

Hopkins, Fox Networks president of distribution, praised Comcast Cable topper Neil Smit and Rigdon for being “on the cutting edge of the burgeoning TV Everywhere space and great partners throughout this process…We are excited to begin this journey with Comcast.”

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