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 villages of Roslyn Harbor on Long Island and Wappingers Falls in Dutchess County. Within the Town of Newburgh in Orange County, the service was also expanded to include the village of Plattekill and portions of the Village of Wallkill.
The company already offers FiOS TV in nearly 200 New York communities through 108 cable franchises that have been approved across the state
[NOTE: See complete list below of New York communities where franchises have been granted to Verizon to offer FiOS TV.]
"Residents of the latest communities to get FiOS TV 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.
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, 70 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 $5.99 per month; high definition, which includes HD channels, for $9.99 per month; and a dual-tuner 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-optic network, FiOS TV is a formidable competitor to cable and satellite. Verizon's fiber 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 more than 67 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 employed a diverse workforce of approximately 232,000 as of the end of the first quarter 2008 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
The following New York state towns and villages have granted franchises to Verizon to offer its revolutionary FiOS TV service in their communities:
Cities of White Plains, Mount Vernon, Yonkers, New Rochelle, Peekskill and Rye. Towns of Greenburgh, Eastchester, Mount Kisco, North Castle, Mount Pleasant, Cortlandt, Mamaroneck and Ossining. Villages of Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown, Irvington, Elmsford, Port Chester, Tuckahoe, Rye Brook, Scarsdale, Bronxville, Buchanan, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Pelham Manor, Sleepy Hollow, Briarcliff Manor and Ossining.
Towns of Clarkstown, Orangetown, Haverstraw, Ramapo and Stony Point. Villages of Nyack, South Nyack, Upper Nyack, Grandview-on-Hudson, Piermont, Airmont, West Haverstraw, Chestnut Ridge, Spring Valley, Haverstraw, Suffern and Hillburn.
Towns of Hempstead, Oyster Bay and North Hempstead. Villages of Massapequa Park, Cedarhurst, Laurel Hollow, Lynbrook, Mineola, East Rockaway, Valley Stream, Farmingdale, Freeport, Williston Park, New Hyde Park, Bayville, Sands Point, Floral Park, South Floral Park, Garden City, Mill Neck, Stewart Manor, East Williston, Centre Island, Malverne, Oyster Bay Cove, Bellerose, Flower Hill, Great Neck, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Kings Point, Lake Success, Munsey Park, North Hills, Plandome, Plandome Heights, Plandome Manor, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock, Thomaston, East Hills, Roslyn Harbor and Roslyn Estates.
Towns of Smithtown, Huntington and Islip. Villages of Old Field, Nissequogue, Poquott, Head of the Harbor, The Branch, Huntington Bay and Lloyd Harbor.
Town of Newburgh.
Town of Wappinger. Village of Wappingers Falls.
Town of Orchard Park. Villages of Hamburg and Orchard Park.