Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Verizon Marks One Year Anniversary of FiOS TV

Verizon marked the first anniversary of its fiber-optic FiOS TV service this week. The service was launched Keller, Texas, on Sept. 22, 2005, and now serves more than 80 communities in North Texas, California, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York.

Verizon expects to begin providing FiOS TV service in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey in the coming months, and it will expand deployment in the states where FiOS TV already is available. Verizon this week also announced it will offer FiOS TV in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 2007.

FiOS TV delivers more than 200 all-digital channels in its Premier Package plus access to thousands of on-demand programs and advanced interactive features.

In addition to increasing the number of HD channels and on-demand titles, FiOS TV plans next year to more than triple the 17 channels currently in its international channel lineup. Twenty-seven Spanish-language channels are also available in other programming packages.

Additional new capabilities include FiOS TV Widgets (introduced in June), which provides local weather and traffic information and Home Media DVR (launched in August), which is a multi-room digital video recorder that enables viewing of recorded programs on set-top boxes throughout the home without requiring customers to set up a complex home network or buy extra equipment.

The company did not disclose the total number of FiOS TV customers.

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