IRVING, Texas --Verizon today expanded the availability of its FiOS TV service to more than 57,000 additional households in North Texas, offering them amazingly sharp pictures and sound and a true choice for subscription television and on-demand programming via the company's all-digital fiber-optic network. Verizon is the only company to offer such a communications network all the way to customers in millions of homes and offices across the country.
The expansion covers 30,000 households in Plano, 9,400 in Carrollton, 5,900 in Irving and 12,000 in Garland, representing the initial service offering in that community. Verizon began taking orders for its fiber-optic TV services in Plano, Carrollton and Irving earlier this year. In the months ahead, Verizon will expand FiOS TV's availability to more households in North Texas.
The company now has video franchises covering approximately 3 million households in nine states and over 100 franchise areas. As the fiber network is fully deployed in franchise areas, Verizon will provide these consumers with the opportunity to choose FiOS TV.
"Our expansion of FiOS TV in Plano, Carrollton, Irving and Garland provides the opportunity for more citizens to experience the Verizon fiber-technology revolution and enter a world where they have choice, competition and the value that it creates," said Steve Banta, Verizon's Southwest region president. "No longer will these customers be at the mercy of a single cable-TV company. They'll have Verizon FiOS TV."
Verizon continues to add programming to the FiOS TV channel lineup, creating even more value for customers. Beginning this month, the Golf Channel is a new feature of the Sports Package in Texas and in other states where FiOS TV is available.
Service highlights include:
- A lead offer with more than 180 digital video and music channels for $39.95. With an annual savings agreement, customers can choose either $5 off the monthly Movie Package price or waive the monthly standard set-top box fee of $3.95.
- Twenty-five high-definition (HD) channels in the North Texas market, with extraordinary clarity and theater-quality sound, including NFL Network. Verizon plans to add even more HD programming in the coming months.
- More than 2,500 On Demand titles available to customers now, increasing to over 3,500 titles in the next several months.
- Channels grouped by genres such as entertainment, sports, news, shopping, movies and family, making it easy for audiences to find their favorite programming.
- An easy-to-use interactive programming guide that integrates HD programming, On Demand content and the digital video recorder along with broadcast television into a seamless user experience.
- A dual-tuner, HD-capable DVR that gives customers the freedom to pause and rewind live TV, record one show while watching another, and fast forward to their favorite part of the program - all without a VCR, tapes or DVDs.
- FiOS TV Widgets, a free interactive feature that provides local weather and traffic information.
Information on packages and prices is available at www.verizonfios.com/tv. Customers also can call 1-800-880-2941 to see if they are able to order FiOS TV.
Response to the television, data and voice offerings has been strong. When Verizon reported its 2006 second-quarter earnings yesterday, it noted that in FiOS TV markets that have been open for sale for at least six months, it has achieved a 10 percent penetration of FiOS TV-eligible households. This compares with a five-year goal in FiOS TV markets of 20 to 25 percent penetration.
The other 14 Texas communities offering FiOS TV are: Colleyville, Coppell, Flower Mound, north Fort Worth, Grapevine, Highland Village, Keller, Lewisville, Murphy, Rowlett, Sachse, Southlake, Westlake and Wylie. "Our plan is to add more households in Texas in the months ahead while also managing the available workforce to meet consumer demand," said Banta. "We want to deliver FiOS television and high-speed Internet services to consumers as quickly as possible."
In addition to Texas, FiOS TV is also available to customers in parts of six other states: California, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Florida and Virginia.
Delivered over Verizon's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, FiOS TV is a formidable competitor to cable and satellite. The Verizon FTTP network, the largest of its kind in the country, is currently under construction in more than half the states where the company offers landline communications services, including more than a dozen of Verizon's service areas in Texas. By the end of 2006, as Verizon continues building out its fiber-optic network in North Texas, FiOS TV will be available to nearly 400,000 North Texas households, or 33 percent of Verizon's landline customers in Texas, with over 1 million potential viewers.
To date, Verizon has deployed over 20 million feet of fiber in the North Texas communities it serves. The network brings the power and capacity of fiber optics directly into people's homes and has industry-leading quality and reliability. Fiber 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. It 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 services.
FiOS TV subscribers can choose from three simple-to-understand service offerings, each with built-in choice and value. They can then choose from packages and premium channels with programming that meets their special interests. Verizon offers three set-top boxes: standard definition for $3.95 per month; high definition, which includes HD channels, for $9.95 per month; and a dual-tuner, HD-capable digital video recorder for $12.95 per month.
The services include:
- FiOS TV Premier, Verizon's lead offer, delivers more than 180 video and music channels for $39.95 as a stand-alone service or $34.95 a month with Verizon FiOS Internet Service or a qualifying voice plan. This tier includes access to On Demand content and requires a set-top box. High-definition channels are included in this tier at no extra charge, and customers must have an HD set-top box and an HD-ready TV to view them.
- La Conexión, an alternative to FiOS TV Premier service designed for bilingual consumers who enjoy TV programs in English and Spanish, for $27.95 per month with Verizon FiOS Internet Service or a qualifying voice plan. La Conexión is also available as a stand-alone service for $32.95 per month. The package includes nearly 140 channels with English and Spanish-language programming and access to On Demand programming. This service requires a set-top box. High-definition channels are included in this tier at no extra charge, and customers must have an HD set-top box and an HD-ready TV to view them.
Verizon also offers FiOS TV Local, with access to local and community channels for $12.95 per month.
Consumers with a passion for movies can add the movie package with 44 channels of Starz, Encore, Showtime, The Movie Channel, Sundance and Flix, as well as 255 titles of On Demand programming, for a regular price of $11.95 a month. Sports enthusiasts can add a 15-channel sports package for $5.95 a month. Or, both packages can be purchased for $14.95 a month. In addition to the movie package, customers with a set-top box can order new, On Demand movie releases for $3.95 each or choose from a selection of movie library titles for $2.95 each.
For wrestling fans, Verizon offers World Wrestling Entertainment's WWE 24/7, a subscription On Demand service, for $7.95 a month. Karaoke fans can sing along at home with a subscription to the Karaoke package for $7.95 a month.
Verizon also offers 14 HBO channels and 12 Cinemax channels as premium services, with each set of channels available for $14.95. The price includes access to each channel's subscription On Demand library. Subscribers who want both HBO and Cinemax will pay $24.95 per month.
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.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a 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 55 million customers nationwide. Verizon Business operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks. Verizon Telecom is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers. Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 252,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.