Verizon FiOS TV customers can now get the Longhorn Network online
Verizon FiOS TV customers who get the Longhorn Network as part of their video subscription service can now get the same programming live online on their PCs and laptops, Verizon reports today.
“FiOS TV customers who receive Longhorn Network as part of their video subscription service will be able to enjoy the network’s exclusive live events and content on their laptops or personal computers, at home or away, using any broadband connection,” Verizon said.
Verizon FiOS and Longhorn Network said they expect to extend online streaming to tablets and smartphones “sometime next year.”
The live stream is available at www.verizon.com/fiostvonline or LonghornNetwork.com through customers’ Verizon Online user names and passwords, Verizon said.
Asked if it's possible Verizon and Longhorn Network could eventually agree to livestream the content to non-FiOS customers, Stefanie Scott, a Verizon spokeswoman, said "this is for FiOS customers. There are no plans to expand it."
“No question, Texas Longhorn fans are some of the most enthusiastic in college sports, and we’re providing another option to catch the latest developments on the field – anywhere, anytime,” Terry Denson, vice president, global strategy for Verizon, said in a release.
“It’s a great new way for students, alumni and UT fans everywhere to access Longhorn Network round-the-clock,” David Preschlack, executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, said in a release.
Upcoming programming includse men’s and women’s basketball games; the Horns’ nationally-ranked women’s volleyball program; and studio and original programming such as “Longhorn Extra,” “Game Plan with Mack Brown,” “Texas All-Access,” “Texas GameDay” and “Texas GameDay Final.”
FiOS, Verizon’s fiber optic TV offering, has more than 540 all-digital channels including more than 130 HD channels and 30,000 monthly video-on-demand titles. In Texas, FiOS TV Prime HD, Extreme HD and Ultimate HD subscribers can watch the Longhorn Network on Channels 79 (standard definition) and 579 (high definition).
ESPN has a 20-year deal to own and operate the Longhorn Network, the 24/7 channel dedicated to athletic programming related to the University of Texas.
- Scott Nishimura