NESN National Launches on Verizon FiOS

New England Sports Network (NESN) announced the launch of NESN National on Verizon FiOS TV’s Ultimate HD tier for all its customers who live outside New England, which includes customers in 5 of the top 8 markets in the country. NESN National can be found on Verizon FiOS TV channel 97.

With the expansion of NESN National on Verizon FiOS TV, the channel is now available in 40 DMAs in 17 states and Washington D.C. via several terrestrial multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).

“This is our largest NESN National launch to date and brings our national service to some of the biggest media markets in the country,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO. “This launch on Verizon FiOS further demonstrates the popularity of the Red Sox and Bruins throughout the country.”

“We are pleased to be able to offer NESN National to all of our FiOS TV subscribers beyond New England,” said Ben Grad, director of content strategy and acquisition.  “Red Sox and Bruins fans know no geographic boundaries when it comes to their passion for their teams and they will be absolutely delighted by today’s news. Verizon continues to add new, compelling content to FiOS TV and NESN National is another example of our commitment to our customers.”

NESN National is the national television service of New England Sports Network (NESN), a sports television network owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins.  Verizon FiOS customers outside NESN’s territory (New England except Fairfield County, CT) now have the opportunity to follow New England sports including the Red Sox and Bruins, particularly those fans who also have the MLB and NHL league packages.

Throughout the year Verizon FiOS Ultimate HD customers will be able to watch NESN’s Red Sox and Bruins pre- and post-game shows, which are among the most comprehensive in regional sports television. Red Sox First Pitch LIVE presented by Cabot and VermontVacations.com and Red Sox Game-Day LIVE presented by UNO provide Red Sox fans with one-hour of pre-game coverage. Hosted by Tom Caron, NESN’s coverage features MLB Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Jim Rice and Peter Gammons as well as former MLB stars Tim Wakefield and Matt Stairs. The same team of experts also provide one-hour of post-game reaction and analysis on W.B. Mason Extra Innings LIVE and Red Sox Final. NESN’s Bruins pre- and post-game coverage similarly delivers complete game-day coverage with host Dale Arnold and analysts Billy Jaffe, Barry Peterson, Gord Kluzak and Mark Mowers.

NESN National also includes NESN Daily, a live sports news program available every day of the week; WEEI Sports Radio’s The Dennis and Callahan Morning Show; minor league baseball; Hockey East (the premiere NCAA hockey conference); college basketball and football; and many of the network’s Original NESN Entertainment (ONE) productions.

Red Sox and Bruins game telecasts and certain other programs will not be available on NESN National due to MLB and NHL restrictions.  When these programs are airing on NESN in New England, Verizon FiOS customers outside New England will see other NESN programming.  Verizon FiOS customers can receive virtually all of NESN’s Red Sox and Bruins game telecasts by subscribing to the MLB Extra Innings and NHL Center Icepackages respectively.