Verizon signed on to carry ION‘s full suite of channels, including recently launched 24-hour diginets qubo, ION Life, The Worship Network and iMetro. — Tennis Channel (10mln HH distribution) will be on in 50mln homes during the French Open (May 27-June 10) thanks to a series of special free previews on its cable and DBS providers. During the Open, Tennis Channel affils will offer the net to a wider audience of analog or digital basic subs. — Anime Network inked new SVOD deals with Suddenlink and Canadian Cable Systems, adding 500K VOD HHs to its distribution base. Suddenlink will make the 30-hr SVOD package available in May to about 200K homes in WV for $6.99/month (it’ll also put 2 sampling hour up on free VOD). The MSO plans to include the package in upcoming VOD markets.