Verizon Expands FiOS TV Service to More New York Consumers, Providing Choice and Greater Value

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 to the Westchester County community of Mount Kisco.

Verizon delivers FiOS TV over its revolutionary, all-fiber network, the largest in the nation.  Only this network has earned the certification of the independent Fiber to the Home Council for providing fiber all the way to customers' homes and businesses.

FiOS TV is now available in more than 60 New York communities through cable franchises that have been approved in Mount Kisco, Massapequa Park, Laurel Hollow, Cedarhurst, Lynbrook, Mineola, East Rockaway, Town of Hempstead, Town of Oyster Bay, Farmingdale, Valley Stream, Town of Huntington, Town of Smithtown, Irvington, Greenburgh, Eastchester, Nyack, South Nyack, Upper Nyack, Grandview-on-Hudson, Clarkstown, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown and Freeport.

(NOTE: See attached list of New York communities where FiOS TV is now available.)

"The new year is starting right for consumers in Mount Kisco, 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.

Consumers can check online at www.verizon.com/fiostv 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 1-800-880-2941.

Service Highlights

Verizon's FiOS TV Premier package delivers 200 all-digital channels for $42.99 per month.  The package includes more than 20 high-definition (HD) channels in the New York market and access to approximately 4,000 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 and FSN New York 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, at $19.99 per month, has a multiroom 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.

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

Verizon recently announced that it will soon begin offering its customers a new interactive media guide, which makes watching FiOS TV easier and better than ever.  With this new guide, customers can find, control and manage a vast array of digital content including television programming, movies, Internet video, games, music and photos.  For example, a customer can watch a movie about an action hero, play a video game about the same character, and buy retail items associated with the character, all on the same home system.

In addition to New York, Verizon currently offers FiOS TV in parts of California, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Maryland.

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 5 Mbps, as well as high quality voice service.*

"Our all-fiber-optic upgrade is a complete transformation of Verizon's communications network," said Azare.  "This transformation offers consumers the very best services: super-fast Internet speeds, superior TV and crystal-clear voice, all at competitive prices with Verizon's unmatched customer 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 24x7 technical assistance by phone from its specialized Fiber Solutions Centers.

* NOTE: actual (throughput) speeds will vary.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a New York-based Dow 30 company, 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 57 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks, and Verizon Telecom, which is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.


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, 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, Elmont, Hewlett, Lakeview, Merrick, North Merrick, North Bellmore, North Valley Stream, Oceanside, Roosevelt, Seaford, Wantagh and Woodmere; Town of Oyster Bay: Massapequa, Syosset, Woodbury, Bethpage, Hicksville, Jericho, Plainview, Oyster Bay and East Norwich 

Westchester County
Ardsley; Dobbs Ferry; Tarrytown; Irvington; Town of Greenburgh: Hartsdale; Eastchester; Mount Kisco

Rockland County
Nyack; South Nyack; Upper Nyack ; Grandview-on-Hudson; Town of Clarkstown: West Nyack, Central Nyack, Valley Cottage, New City, Congers, Bardonia, Rockland Lake, Nanuet