01.21.2008

More New Yorkers Gain TV Choice as Verizon Expands FiOS TV in Six More Communities

NEW YORK - An innovative, reliable and competitive alternative to cable TV is coming to more New York consumers as Verizon expands its industry-leading FiOS TV service, which is provided on the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network straight to customers' homes.


Verizon is now taking orders for FiOS TV in parts of the Long Island villages of Huntington Bay and Oyster Bay Cove, and in the Westchester County communities of Briarcliff Manor, Sleepy Hollow and the town and village of Ossining.


The company already offers FiOS TV in more than 145 New York communities through cable franchises that have been approved in Massapequa Park, Nyack, South Nyack, Upper Nyack, Hempstead, Cedarhurst, Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, Lynbrook, Grandview-on-Hudson, Mineola, Clarkstown, Town of Greenburgh, East Rockaway, Smithtown, Irvington, Huntington, Farmingdale, Valley Stream, Ardsley, Freeport, Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown, Eastchester, Mount Kisco, Elmsford, Port Chester, Tuckahoe, Orangetown, Piermont, Airmont, White Plains, North Hempstead, Williston Park, Rye Brook, Town of Haverstraw, New Hyde Park, West Haverstraw, North Castle, Chestnut Ridge, Bayville, Sands Point, Mount Pleasant, Old Field, Mount Vernon, Spring Valley, Suffern, Scarsdale, Yonkers, Bronxville, Town of Islip, Floral Park, South Floral Park, Haverstraw Village, New Rochelle, Cortlandt, Garden City, Nissequogue, Poquott, Peekskill, Hillburn, Head of the Harbor, Mill Neck, Buchanan, Malverne, Stewart Manor, Centre Island, East Williston, Village of the Branch, Pelham Manor, Larchmont, the village and town of Mamaroneck, the city of Rye and the town of Newburgh.  Verizon also has been granted franchises by Bellerose and Ramapo and will launch FiOS TV there soon.


[NOTE: See complete list below of New York communities where FiOS TV is now available.]


"Residents of these communities now can join the other New Yorkers who have been given an outstanding, superior choice for their video entertainment," said Monica Azare, Verizon senior vice president for New York and Connecticut.  "FiOS TV will bring something to consumers they've never had before, with incredible pictures and sound clarity and innovative new services - all from a brand they know and trust.


"Customers who liked what FiOS did for their Internet connection will love what it does for their TV.  We've harnessed the speed and capacity of fiber-based broadband with the power of broadcast to create a revolutionary, new entertainment experience," said Azare.


New York consumers can check online at www.verizon.com/ny/savebig  to see if FiOS TV is already available in their area, or to request that Verizon contact them when FiOS TV becomes available.  Customers also can call their local Verizon sales office or 888-438-3467.


Service Highlights


Verizon's FiOS TV Premier package delivers 200 all-digital channels, including 31 high-definition (HD) channels in the New York market and access to more than 10,000 on-demand titles, 60 percent of which are free.  Sports fans subscribing to FiOS TV Premier in the New York market will also receive the YES Network, MSG Network, FSN New York, SportsNet NY and the NFL Network at no extra charge.


Verizon offers three set-top boxes: standard definition for $4.99 per month; high definition, which includes HD channels, for $9.99 per month; and a dual-tuner, HD-capable digital video recorder for $12.99 per month.


Verizon also offers innovative features not available from other providers, such as Home Media DVR (digital video recorder) and FiOS TV Widgets.  Home Media DVR has a multi-room DVR feature enabling up to three simultaneous viewings of recorded programs without requiring customers to set up a complex home network or buy extra equipment.  Customers also can access photos and music on their PCs and play them on their TV.  FiOS TV Widgets is a free interactive feature that provides viewers with local weather and traffic information while they're watching their favorite shows.


Delivered over Verizon's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, FiOS TV is a formidable competitor to cable and satellite.  Verizon's FTTP network delivers amazingly sharp pictures and sound, and has the capacity to transmit a wide array of high-definition programming that is so clear and intense it seems to leap from the TV screen.  The company's fiber network also delivers Internet download speeds of up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of up to 20 Mbps, as well as high-quality voice service.*


The value of FiOS TV extends to the installation and customer support.  Specially trained Verizon technicians will install the service and acquaint subscribers with FiOS TV features and services.  Verizon is waiving the installation fee for up to three existing TV outlets, and there is no charge to install a needed optical network terminal at the subscriber's home.  Charges for other installation services, such as additional outlets, may apply.  Verizon provides 24 x 7 technical assistance by phone from its specialized Fiber Solutions Centers.


* NOTE: actual (throughput) speeds will vary.


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 63.7 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 has a diverse workforce of nearly 238,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.


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FiOS TV is available in parts of the following New York communities:


Long Island
Freeport; Farmingdale; Valley Stream; Town of Huntington: Centerport, Cold Spring Harbor, Deer Park, Dix Hills, Greenlawn, Huntington Station, Huntington and Melville; Town of Smithtown: Commack, Hauppauge, Kings Park, Lake Ronkonkoma, Nesconset, Smithtown and St. James; Massapequa Park; Laurel Hollow; Cedarhurst; Lynbrook; Mineola; East Rockaway; Town of Hempstead: Baldwin, Bellmore, East Meadow, Elmont, Franklin Square, Hewlett, Inwood, Lakeview, Levittown, Merrick, North Merrick, North Bellmore, North Valley Stream, Oceanside, Roosevelt, Seaford, Wantagh, West Hempstead and Woodmere; Town of Oyster Bay: Massapequa, Syosset, Woodbury, Bethpage, Hicksville, Jericho, Plainview, Oyster Bay and East Norwich; Williston Park; Town of North Hempstead: Manhasset, Port Washington, Albertson, Carle Place, Greenvale, Searingtown and Roslyn Heights, and the unincorporated areas of Floral Park, Great Neck, Westbury, Plandome and Roslyn; Sands Point; Bayville; New Hyde Park; Old Field; Floral Park; South Floral Park; Town of Islip: Bayport, Bay Shore, Bohemia, Hauppauge, Holbrook, Holtsville, Oakdale, Ronkonkoma, Sayville, West Islip and West Sayville; Garden City; Poquott; Nissequogue; Head of the Harbor; Mill Neck; Malverne; Stewart Manor; Centre Island; East Williston; Village of The Branch; Huntington Bay; Oyster Bay Cove


Westchester County
Ardsley; Dobbs Ferry; Tarrytown; Irvington; Town of Greenburgh: Hartsdale; Eastchester; Mount Kisco; Elmsford; Port Chester; Tuckahoe; White Plains; Rye Brook; North Castle: North White Plains, Armonk; Mount Vernon; Mount Pleasant; Yonkers; Scarsdale; Bronxville; New Rochelle; Cortlandt: Cortlandt Manor; Peekskill; Buchanan; Pelham Manor; Larchmont ; Mamaroneck (village); Mamaroneck (town); Rye (city); Briarcliff Manor; Sleepy Hollow; Ossining (town); Ossining (village)


Rockland County
Airmont; Nyack; South Nyack; Upper Nyack ; Grandview-on-Hudson; Town of Clarkstown: West Nyack, Central Nyack, Valley Cottage, New City, Congers, Bardonia, Rockland Lake, Nanuet; Orangetown: Pearl River, Orangeburg, Tappan and Blauvelt; Piermont; Town of Haverstraw: Garnerville, Stony Point; West Haverstraw; Chestnut Ridge; Spring Valley; Haverstraw (village); Suffern; Hillburn


Orange County
Newburgh (town)