06.08.2010Personal Tech

Verizon Expands FiOS TV to Braddock Hills, Whitaker, Pa.

More than 1,400 consumers and businesses in Braddock Hills and Whitaker now have a new choice in home entertainment that has four times as many very satisfied customers as Comcast has - FiOS TV from Verizon.*

FiOS TV offers more than 500 total TV channels, including 130 high-definition (HD) channels in western Pennsylvania, and an unprecedented level of interactivity that cable providers can't match.  And because the service is delivered over a pure fiber-optic network connected directly to the home, FiOS TV delivers amazing picture and sound.

"With FiOS services, residents in Braddock Hills and Whitaker can get 100 percent digital quality on every channel; faster two-way Internet connections that are a must for today's interactive Web applications; plus great bundles of services for ongoing savings," said Gale Given, president of Verizon Pennsylvania.  "For consumers looking to sign up for FiOS, Verizon's 30-day, worry-free guarantee makes the switch from old-fashioned cable a risk-free decision for them."

Verizon's current lead offer of FiOS service is a triple bundle of more than 40 HD channels with FiOS TV Prime HD, up to 15 Mbps (megabits per second) downstream and up to 5 Mbps upstream FiOS Internet, and FiOS voice service, for $99.99 a month.  With a guaranteed rate for 24 months, subscribers will save $240 over regular prices.  In addition, new customers who sign up online for any FiOS bundled package will receive an additional discount of $5 a month for the same 24-month plan, for a total of $120 in additional savings.

Customers can choose from a variety of other video offerings, with a wide selection of premium content, as well as FiOS Internet speeds of up to 50 Mbps downstream and symmetrical speeds of up to 35 Mbps.

New FiOS TV customers also can choose a free multi-room DVR for six months or a standard DVR free for six months or one of several movie-channel packages, such as HBO, Cinemax, EPIX or the FiOS TV Movie Package, also free for six months.   The multi-room DVR allows families to view, record, pause and rewind programming on up to three TVs in the home simultaneously, and is bundled with Media Manager software that lets users access content on their home computer from their TV, including online videos from YouTube, blip.tv, Dailymotion and Veoh.  Media Manager also provides FiOS TV subscribers with access to Internet Radio, which offers hundreds of stations nationwide and gives subscribers the ability to stream music from the PC to the TV.

New FiOS customers who are not completely satisfied with their FiOS services will have 30 days during which they can cancel the service, with no early termination fee.  They also receive two-year price protection, premium installation, an in-home demonstration and post-installation follow-up to ensure that customers are satisfied.

FiOS TV customers also receive many added benefits that are included in their service at no additional cost.  For example, subscribers to FiOS Ultimate HD and Extreme HD triple-play bundles have free access to thousands of Verizon Wi-Fi hot spots at coffee shops, hotels, airports and other locations nationwide.  In addition, FiOS TV includes 18,000 monthly video-on-demand titles (70 percent of which are free), 3,300 of which are HD, and an advanced interactive media guide that supports unique on-screen interactive social-networking, news, shopping and entertainment widgets

* Source: ChangeWave Research February 2010 Consumer TV Service Provider survey. Based on consumer TV provider satisfaction. For more on ChangeWave Research visit www.changewaveresearch.com.