Just in time for Opening Day, Verizon is giving its FiOS TV subscribers in the New York metro area Yankees and Mets games in high definition - when subscribers want them.
As part of separate agreements with the YES Network and SNY, Verizon FiOS subscribers in the area will be able to access the games on the FiOS1 Local Zone folder in the free Video on Demand category. VOD can be found on the FiOS Main Menu function.
In addition to the games, other popular YES Network and SNY programming also will be provided in HD in the FiOS1 Local Zone folder.
Verizon FiOS is the only TV provider in the New York metro area to offer the Yankees and Mets games and the networks' other content in HD on VOD. Verizon FiOS has provided the baseball games and other YES and SNY shows in SD (standard definition) for four years.
The first HD games available will be the Mets opener against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday (April 5), and the Yankees game the following day at Tampa.
The games and content will be available to FiOS subscribers in New York City, Long Island, the northern suburbs, the mid-Hudson area, and northern and central New Jersey.
"Our subscribers can't get enough of the home-town Yankees and Mets," said Orlando Martinez, Verizon director of FiOS1 sports content. "By giving them the ability to watch our crystal-clear, high-definition broadcasts of their favorite baseball teams on their own time, or as a replay, we're providing more entertainment value and greater choice.
"Sports-related programming - and especially the games themselves - is important to our customers. So we continually look for more ways to get that content in front of our viewers. Our customers have the added convenience of Verizon FiOS putting the games and content on HD in a free area that viewers can access at any time," Martinez said.
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