04.28.2009

Verizon FiOS TV Adds Leading Chinese Channel, Sino TV, to Growing Asian Content Offering

NEW YORK - Verizon and Sino Television Inc., a privately held Chinese television company, announced a multiyear agreement on Tuesday (April 28) to bring three Chinese-language channels to Verizon's FiOS TV service, which is delivered over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network directly to customers' homes and businesses.  This week, Verizon will launch the first of these channels - Sino TV - a 24-hour Chinese-language channel.

"FiOS TV is the ultimate home-entertainment experience, and we continue to enhance the service with exciting, new international programming," said Terry Denson, vice president - FiOS TV content and programming.  "Sino Television will make a great addition for our growing number of Chinese-American subscribers, bringing the best in Chinese programming to customers' TV screens, with razor-sharp picture-and-sound quality that only FiOS delivers."

Arthur Liu, president of Sino Television, added: "We have been successfully working with Verizon over the years in reaching out to the Chinese-American public, informing them of the phone services that Verizon provides.  We are excited to now have our television programming on Verizon FiOS TV, and look forward to our successful business relationship with Verizon in the years to come.  Now, Chinese-Americans have the opportunity and the convenience to pick a provider that can offer the best in phone, Internet and television services."

Sino Television is a Chinese-language television company that is based, owned and operated in the U.S.  With more than 25 years of broadcasting for the Chinese-American community, the word "Sino" has become synonymous with Chinese-language TV in the U.S.  Sino Television offers a wide range of programming to meet the needs of Chinese-Americans in the country, including news, dramas, movies, variety shows and call-in programs.

FiOS TV offers a broad collection of diverse programming, with more than 100 HD channels, 500 all-digital channels and 14,000 video-on-demand titles each month, 70 percent of which are free.  FiOS TV's innovative Interactive Media Guide provides next-generation, personalized interactive services, including news and entertainment widgets and many other features.  FiOS TV is currently available to more than 9.7 million homes in 14 states.

Currently, Verizon is offering a package of FiOS Internet, FiOS TV and Verizon Freedom unlimited local and long-distance calling services starting at under $100 a month.  New customers who order a FiOS service bundle by June 20 can get an even sweeter deal with a current promotion that offers up to $150 back in the form of a prepaid card, a two-year price guarantee, and premium installation at no extra cost by a specially trained technician who sets up a powerful home network from start to finish. 

For more information on FiOS TV, consumers can visit www.verizon.com/fiostv or www.verizon.com/chinese or call Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) customer service at 888-878-9188 (East) or 800-483-8688 (West).

About Sino Television
Sino Television is a U.S.-based channel, owned and operated by Multicultural Broadcasting, a leading ethnic media company with radio, television and print publications serving consumers in over 22 languages throughout the United States.  Multicultural and its affiliated companies own over 40 radio stations and six television stations, and operate several Asian cable, satellite and broadband channels which include Sino Television; with programming in Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese and other ethnic languages.