It's Tee Time for FiOS TV Customers in Maryland, Virginia - Golf Channel Now Available in High Definition

WASHINGTON - Verizon FiOS TV customers in Maryland and Northern Virginia continue to enjoy the ultimate in high-definition (HD) home entertainment, with the addition of the Golf Channel in HD to the FiOS programming lineup.  As spring approaches and the tournament season swings into action, FiOS TV subscribers can immerse themselves in the world of golf, only as it can be experienced on pure FiOS TV HD.

The Golf Channel, a 24-hour-a-day network, offers a wide range of programming including news and scores, tournament coverage, post tournament programs, highlights, and current events happening around the golf industry.  This popular channel will also provide subscribers with coverage of the Majors in HD - The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and the PGA Championship.  For golfers looking to improve their game, Golf Channel offers instructional videos, equipment review and information on courses and golf resorts around the country.

The Golf Channel in HD is available to subscribers of Verizon's FiOS TV Extreme HD service.

"There's HD on FiOS, then there's everything else," said Mary Ellen Payne, senior vice president-marketing for Verizon's Potomac region.  "With our advanced network providing far more HD channels than either Comcast or Cox, the best picture-and-sound quality, and interactive features that go beyond old-fashioned cable, there's no better place than FiOS to experience sports in HD.  With FiOS TV's pure HD, viewers will feel as if they're standing at the tee box."

New customers who subscribe to FiOS TV between now and Feb. 21 will receive their choice of free use for six months of either a high-definition digital video recorder (DVR) or an HD Home Media DVR. Customers who take advantage of this offer will save between $95 and $119 for the first six months, depending upon the DVR customers choose.

FiOS TV scored highest in J.D. Power's "2008 Residential Television Service Satisfaction Study for the East Region."  A leading consumer magazine gave FiOS TV the top rating in its most recent survey of television service, with top marks in all six categories it measured:  channel choice, image quality, sound quality, reliability, value and support.

FiOS TV offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 500 all-digital channels and 14,000 video-on-demand (VOD) titles each month - 70 percent of which are free.  Verizon's VOD library also includes more than 1,200 HD titles.  FiOS TV is currently available to more than 9.2 million homes in 14 states. 

For more information on FiOS TV, consumers can visit www.verizon.com/fiostv or call their local Verizon sales office or 888-438-3467.

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