The company also said that Verizon's FiOS TV service has agreed to carry all six channels, which are
Entertainment Studios says the channels will also be available online and via mobile phones. The company did not offer a specific launch date, but said the six channels are "currently planned" for later this year. All six channels will be launched the same day, the company added.
“Our goal and commitment is to make our networks the very best in their categories, and our upcoming launch on the Verizon FiOS TV platform gives us a great start,” said Byron Allen, founder and
The six channels will apparently attempt to reach the same niche audiences targeted by high-def programmer Voom, which now offers 15 niche HD channels on Cablevision's system.
For instance, Entertainment Studios says Cars.TV will be targeted to collectors; Pets.TV will be dedicated to pet lovers; and Comedy.TV will feature live concerts, sitcoms and movies starring comedians.
Entertainment Studios is expected to seek cable and satellite providers as well for the six-channel suite. CEO Allen told Multichannel News that Verizon has agreed to devote four percent of its 150-channel high-def capacity to the six new channels.
Verizon FiOS is now available in seven million homes in 14 states:
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