Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How Verizon May Have Pulled One Over On Content Giants

I've been watching with interest the seeming outrage from Disney (NYSE:DIS) and 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOX) (FOX) especially, concerning the alleged breaking of an existing content agreement between them and Verizon (NYSE:VZ).

The basic kerfuffle is over whether or not existing agreements allow Verizon to offer sports channels in bundles separate from other channels by the respective content owners. Disney, Fox, and others claim it violates existing agreements, while Verizon says it doesn't.

Verizon won't back down from its FiOS Custom TV,, as Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said: "We have launched the product, we are not retracting it, and we believe we are in our legal rights to launch it."


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