01.29.2010Corporate

TV Choice and Competition Near for Residents of Pleasantville, N.Y.

Residents of the Village of Pleasantville in Westchester County are a major step closer to having a real choice for their cable television service, thanks to a newly approved agreement authorizing Verizon to offer its FiOS TV service, delivered over the most advanced fiber-optic network straight to customers' homes.


Pleasantville's village board approved a franchise agreement Friday (Jan. 29).


The addition of the Pleasantville cable television franchise brings to 170 the total number of New York municipalities that have authorized Verizon to provide FiOS TV service. 


"A total fiber network triggers key differentiators and technology innovations like the FiOS TV multi-room DVR and on-screen Twitter and Facebook Widget applications," said Andrés Irlando, Verizon president for the New York region.  "These are features traditional cable just can't provide.  And this franchise agreement clearly demonstrates the customer demand for choice in broadband, television and entertainment services." 


As with all local franchise approvals in New York, the agreement between Verizon and Pleasantville is subject to review by the New York State Public Service Commission.


One of the largest New York employers with more than 32,000 employees in the state, Verizon continues to invest in the state's infrastructure by building, maintaining and enhancing its wireline and wireless networks across New York, including its state-of-the-art fiber-optic network, providing consumers and businesses with reliable FiOS services for their Internet, entertainment and voice services.


FiOS TV Service Highlights


In the downstate New York market, FiOS TV offers more than 595 all-digital channels, including 132 HD channels, all with extraordinary clarity and theater-quality sound.  Customers also have access to FiOS TV's industry-leading video-on-demand (VOD) service, with 2,800 HD titles per month.  In addition, Verizon's interactive media guide (IMG) includes innovative features such as:



  • Multi-Room DVR - Allows customers to stream recorded HD and standard-definition (SD) programs on up to up to six other TV sets with set-top boxes throughout the home.  This includes the ability to watch three separately recorded shows on three TV sets at the same time, plus pause recorded programming in one room and continue watching in another.


  • Media Manager - This feature lets FiOS DVR customers access personal photos, videos, music and slide shows from their home computers and play them on their TVs.  Subscribers also can search for and enjoy online videos from blip.tv, Dailymotion and Veoh on their TV screens.


  • Remote DVR management - Subscribers can remotely control their DVRs online, and via any cell phone with a data plan.  Customers can use the service to remotely review, change or add recording requests; delete recorded programs; browse and search TV and VOD listings; set parental controls; and more.


  • Widgets - Customers have one-touch, on-demand access to local traffic reports, daily local and national news headlines, fantasy sports, daily national sports headlines and daily horoscopes, as well as FiOS TV's Widgets Bazaar Applications Marketplace with interactive social applications that include Facebook and Twitter, KODAK Gallery, Pro Football and WeatherBug, and several more. 

Programming choices for Hispanic, African-American, Asian, Russian and other multicultural audiences are available in every market, making FiOS TV an outlet for emerging and independent networks to showcase their diverse programming.


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.  In addition to FiOS TV, Verizon'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.*


Pleasantville joins a growing list of New York communities that are paving the way for competition and choice in the television market.  In addition to Pleasantville, Verizon has been granted cable television franchises in the following municipalities:


City of New York


Long Island
Amityville, Asharoken, Atlantic Beach, Babylon, Baxter Estates, Bayville, Bellerose, Brightwaters, Cedarhurst, Centre Island, Cove Neck, East Hills, East Rockaway, East Williston, Farmingdale, Floral Park, Flower Hill, Freeport, Garden City, Great Neck, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Head of the Harbor, Hempstead (Town), Hempstead (Village), Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, Huntington, Huntington Bay, Islip, Kensington, Kings Point, Lake Grove, Lake Success, Laurel Hollow, Lawrence, Lindenhurst, Lloyd Harbor, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Malverne, Manorhaven, Massapequa Park, Mill Neck, Mineola, Munsey Park, New Hyde Park, Nissequogue, North Hempstead, North Hills, Northport, Old Field, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Plandome, Plandome Heights, Plandome Manor, Poquott, Port Washington North, Rockville Centre, Roslyn, Roslyn Estates, Roslyn Harbor, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock, Sands Point, Sea Cliff, Smithtown, South Floral Park, Stewart Manor, The Branch, Thomaston, Valley Stream, Westbury, Williston Park


Westchester County
Ardsley, Bedford, Briarcliff Manor, Bronxville, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Elmsford, Greenburgh, Irvington, Larchmont, Mamaroneck (Town), Mamaroneck (Village), Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, New Castle, New Rochelle, North Castle, Ossining (Town), Ossining (Village), Peekskill, Pelham Manor, Port Chester, Pound Ridge, Rye, Rye Brook, Scarsdale, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Tuckahoe, White Plains, Yonkers, Yorktown


Rockland County
Airmont, Chestnut Ridge, Clarkstown, Grandview-on-Hudson, Haverstraw (Town), Haverstraw (Village), Hillburn, Montebello, New Hempstead, Nyack, Orangetown, Piermont, Pomona, Ramapo, South Nyack, Spring Valley, Stony Point, Suffern, Upper Nyack, Wesley Hills, West Haverstraw


Dutchess County
Fishkill (Town), Fishkill (Village), Poughkeepsie (City), Poughkeepsie (Town), Wappinger, Wappingers Falls


Orange County
Cornwall, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Newburgh (City), Newburgh (Town)


Erie County
Amherst, Blasdell, Hamburg (Town), Hamburg (Village), Kenmore, Lackawanna, Orchard Park (Town), Orchard Park (Village), Tonawanda, West Seneca


Putnam County
Carmel, Kent


Onondaga County
Camillus (Town), Cicero, Clay, DeWitt, East Syracuse, Fayetteville, Geddes, North Syracuse, Salina, Skaneateles (Town), Skaneateles (Village), Solvay


Cayuga County
Fleming, Owasco, Sennett


* NOTE: actual (throughput) speeds will vary.


Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 91 million customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of approximately 222,900 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.


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