With FiOS TV, 'Home Enterstayment' Beats Going Out

NEW YORK - First there was the "staycation" as Americans saved gas money by staying close to home for vacation.  Now families are opting for "home enterstayment" - watching movies and shows at home -- rather than an expensive night out.  With new promotional offers and more high-definition programming from Verizon FiOS TV, cost-cutting families don't have to sacrifice quality or limit their entertainment choices while saving money by staying home.

Starting Monday (Nov. 3), new customers who sign up for FiOS TV by Dec. 31 will enjoy free access for 90 days to three premium entertainment packages - Cinemax, HBO and FiOS TV's Movie Package -- plus more than  9,000 free video-on-demand (VOD) titles per month.  This represents free access to 70 premium channels - 40 of which are high-definition (HD) - such as HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, The Movie Channel, Encore, Sundance Channel and IFC, and includes more than 1,800 VOD titles.  Customers who take advantage of this offer will enjoy access to 800 Hollywood blockbusters per month, HBO award-winning original series, movie premieres and World Championship Boxing.

The free trial lets subscribers determine how they spend their own budget. 

"In today's economy, people are staying home more and going out less," said Shawn Strickland, vice president of video solutions for Verizon.  "FiOS TV already offers the ultimate 'home enterstayment' experience that cable can't match, with more free HD and better picture-and-sound quality.  Our latest promotion helps new customers experience free premium entertainment content, and lets them evaluate premium services before deciding to subscribe."

In addition to receiving free premium content, new customers taking advantage of the promotion can also order Verizon's Home Media DVR (digital video recorder) for just $15.99 a month -- the price of a standard FiOS TV DVR - for the first 90 days, and $19.99 a month thereafter.   

With Verizon's unique Home Media DVR, customers can use one DVR to record programming that can then be watched on up to six other TV sets in the home.  This includes viewing up to three separately recorded programs simultaneously on different TV sets, and the ability to pause recorded programming on one set and then continue watching it on another.  FiOS TV's Home Media DVR is bundled with Media Manager, a feature that allows customers to access photos and music from their personal computers and play them on their TV or home theater system.

Verizon FiOS TV is delivered over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network straight to customers' homes and businesses, providing stunning picture-and-sound quality, an increasing number of HD channels and VOD choices, a broad spectrum of content diversity and exciting interactive features that set it apart from cable offerings.

FiOS TV customers have access to a broad collection of all-digital programming, with more than 400 total channels and 11,000 VOD titles, 70 percent of which are free.  The VOD library also includes an increasing number of HD titles, and by year-end, Verizon plans to offer 1,000 HD VOD titles each month.  For more information on FiOS TV consumers can visit www.verizon.com/fiostv. Consumers can also call their local Verizon sales office or 888-438-3467.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 71 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 228,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.