Verizon Delivers on Promise of More Than 100 HD Channels

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For customers looking for the best deals in a tough economy, Verizon is making FiOS TV an even better bargain.  Verizon now offers more than 100 HD channels on FiOS TV in the region.

Verizon recently added 18 channels to its Rhode Island TV lineup, including 16 new HD channels, and now offers at least 55 more HD channels than Cox. More than 500 channels, including 102 HD channels, are now available on FiOS TV in Rhode Island. By comparison, Cox currently lists on its Web site 47 HD channels in Rhode Island.

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 superiority of Verizon's all-fiber, FiOS network is what enables us to deliver the most channels and the most HD in Rhode Island," said Bob Driscoll, Verizon regional vice president of sales. "High-definition viewing is a must-have for so many of our customers, and we are making more of it available all the time - more than any other cable TV provider. We can stay ahead of the competition because our programming runs on our 100 percent fiber network all the way to the home.

"FiOS TV is the only service to consider if you want the ultimate HD experience," Driscoll continued.  "With our increased number of HD channels, along with HD video-on-demand programming, we're blowing cable away. The addition of new HD channels is part of our commitment to lead the industry in the scope and quality of our programming."

FiOS TV customers in Rhode Island now can watch some of their favorite channels in HD, including Animal Planet, TLC, Science Channel and Smithsonian Channel.  New HD programming that FiOS TV customers in the region now receive includes FX, The Biography Channel and Superstation WGN HD.

For those who want the best in news, Verizon has added Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel in HD.  In addition, movie buffs now can get MGM HD and the Hallmark Movie Channel in HD.  Viewers who watch home-and-leisure programming can now enjoy QVC, the Travel Channel and Planet Green, while kids and teens can enjoy their favorite shows on the Disney Channel, Toon Disney and ABC Family - all in HD.

Verizon also has launched three new HD sports channels: ESPNews HD, a 24-hour sports news television station; The Tennis Channel, with comprehensive tennis coverage; and Speed HD, the nation's first cable television network dedicated to motor sports, with content that covers everything from racing to restoration to motorcycles, movies and more.

In addition to the new HD content, Verizon has launched two new standard-definition channels in the region: Current TV and RFD TV.

Customers can get all of this new HD content with Verizon's FiOS TV Extreme HD service for $57.99 a month, or in a three-service bundle for $109.99.  Or customers can chose FiOS TV Essentials HD service, which includes all local HD channels, for $47.99 a month or in a three-service bundle for $99.99. For more information, consumers can visit www.verizon.com/fiostv or call their local Verizon sales office or 888-438-3467.

Verizon's FiOS TV service offers a broad collection of all-digital programming, with more than 500 total channels and 11,000 video-on-demand (VOD) titles, 70 percent of which are free.  The VOD library also includes an increasing number of HD titles, and Verizon plans to offer 1,000 HD VOD titles per month by the end of the year.  FiOS TV is currently available in 18 communities in Rhode Island.

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.