A+E Networks, Verizon ink deal to stream free shows on AOL and Yahoo

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Verizon’s Fios customers will also receive the ability to watch A+E Networks’ programming on their mobile devices. (Verizon)

A+E Networks and Verizon have an expanded deal in place that will allow viewers to stream select A+E Networks programming for free on AOL and Yahoo platforms, now merged as the new company Oath.

The agreement covers select content from A+E including Lifetime’s coverage of National Women’s Soccer League games. The deal also includes first window rights for content from 45th & Dean, A+E Networks' digital business.

Outside of specific content provided under the terms of the deal, Verizon’s Fios customers will also receive the ability to watch A+E Networks’ programming on their mobile devices.

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“We’re excited to offer fans of A+E Networks more access than ever across Verizon’s Fios footprint and now, across our family of digital media properties,” said Brian Angiolet, senior vice president and global chief media and content officer at Verizon, in a statement. “This partnership expansion is yet another example of how we’re fueling our new Oath media brands and becoming the first screen for premium content across genres. With the addition of National Women’s Soccer League games on brands like Yahoo Sports, we’re continuing to add to our robust sports offering for fans.”

"We are thrilled to continue with our strong relationship with Verizon Fios, and excited about this broader content relationship that we have in place with Verizon and Oath," said David Zagin, president of distribution at A+E Networks in a statement.

This article was updated to clarify what A+E content is available for free on Oath.

The deal with A+E comes after Verizon announced a new deal with the NFL last month that will allow Verizon to stream in-market NFL games across its digital properties. That deal kicks off this month when the NFL playoffs show up on Verizon’s Yahoo and Yahoo Sports, in addition to its streaming service Go90.

Verizon said its U.S. monthly mobile millennial reach—combined with Oath’s—amounts to more than 200 million U.S. monthly unique mobile and digital views.

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