Verizon Delivers on Promise of More Than 100 HD Channels

BOSTON - For customers looking for the best deals in a tough economy, Verizon is making FiOS TV an even better bargain.  Verizon now offers more than 100 HD channels on FiOS TV in the region.

Verizon recently added 18 channels to its Massachusetts TV lineup, including 16 new HD channels, and now offers at least 30 more HD channels than any cable TV competitor in the Bay State, including Comcast. More than 500 channels, including 102 HD channels, are now available on FiOS TV in Massachusetts. By comparison, Comcast currently lists on its Web site 66 HD channels in Massachusetts.

"The superiority of Verizon's all-fiber, FiOS network is what enables us to deliver the most channels and the most HD in Massachusetts," said Bob Driscoll, Verizon regional vice president of sales. "High-definition viewing is a must-have for so many of our customers, and we are making more of it available all the time - more than any other cable TV provider. We can stay ahead of the competition because our programming runs on our 100-percent fiber network all the way to the home.

"FiOS TV is the only service to consider if you want the ultimate HD experience," Driscoll continued.  "With our increased number of HD channels, along with HD video-on-demand programming, we're blowing cable away. The addition of new HD channels is part of our commitment to lead the industry in the scope and quality of our programming."

FiOS TV customers in Massachusetts now can watch some of their favorite channels in HD, including Animal Planet, TLC, Science Channel and Smithsonian Channel.  New HD programming that FiOS TV customers in the region now receive includes FX, The Biography Channel and Superstation WGN HD.

For those who want the best in news, Verizon has added Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel in HD.  In addition, movie buffs now can get MGM HD and the Hallmark Movie Channel in HD.  Viewers who watch home-and-leisure programming can now enjoy QVC, the Travel Channel and Planet Green, while kids and teens can enjoy their favorite shows on the Disney Channel, Toon Disney and ABC Family - all in HD.

Verizon also has launched three new HD sports channels: ESPNews HD, a 24-hour sports news television station; The Tennis Channel, with comprehensive tennis coverage; and Speed HD, the nation's first cable television network dedicated to motor sports, with content that covers everything from racing to restoration to motorcycles, movies and more.

In addition to the new HD content, Verizon has launched two new standard-definition channels in the region: Current TV and RFD TV.

Customers can get all of this new HD content with Verizon's FiOS TV Extreme HD service for $57.99 a month, or in a three-service bundle for $109.99.  Other pricing options are available for new customers and for Verizon's current FiOS TV Premier customers.  For more information, consumers can visit www.verizon.com/fiostv or call their local Verizon sales office or 888-438-3467.

Verizon's FiOS TV service offers a broad collection of all-digital programming, with more than 500 total channels and 11,000 video-on-demand (VOD) titles, 70 percent of which are free.  The VOD library also includes an increasing number of HD titles, and Verizon plans to offer 1,000 HD VOD titles per month by the end of the year.  FiOS TV is currently available in 84 communities in Massachusetts.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, 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 71 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 228,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.