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A crisis was averted for FiOS subscribers who crave NFL playoff and college bowl games when parent company Verizon announced Dec. 30 — a day ahead of a deadline that could have caused a blackout of ESPN and several more channels owned by Disney — that a new carriage deal was struck. On Wednesday, some of the details of the arrangement were disclosed.
Beyond the usual channels, including Freeform, some local ABC stations and various iterations of both ESPN and the Disney Channel, the new agreement will include the ACC Network when it launches on Aug. 22.
The ACC Network, owned by ESPN, will carry college games played in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which includes Duke University, Florida State University, Boston College, University of Miami and other schools.
Always a top draw, the ACC became a bit more important in 2014 with the creation of the College Football Playoff, which determines the top team in college football each year.
FiOS has about 4.5 million TV subscribers in the U.S. Beyond the channels included, financial terms of the multiyear deal with Disney weren’t disclosed.
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