American telecommunications company, Verizon, earlier today said a distribution deal has been made with Hearst Television, television broadcasting company, to control blackout at the threshold of the new year. No terms have been declared. Verizon is amongst the major providers of fiber optic networks in the U.S. markets like Boston and Baltimore. The contract also deals with areas including Manchester, New Hampshire, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh (in Pennsylvania).
Verizon, this week, said Hearst Television, which owns channels such as WBAL-NBC in Baltimore and WGAL-NBC in Harrisburg, requested a huge rise in rates which would end up in a surge in Verizon FIOS customers’ costs.
This is while Verizon had before announced that Fios users might not be able to follow their desirable entertainments including programs, news, and live sports events on the beginning day of 2021. So, the deal was inevitable.