NEW YORK - An innovative, reliable and competitive alternative to cable TV is coming to consumers in the Westchester County villages of Port Chester and Tuckahoe as Verizon expands its industry-leading FiOS TV service, which is provided on the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network straight to customers' homes.
FiOS TV is now available in more than 60 New York communities through cable franchises that have been approved in Port Chester, Tuckahoe, Elmsford, Massapequa Park, Laurel Hollow, Cedarhurst, Lynbrook, Mineola, East Rockaway, Town of Hempstead, Town of Oyster Bay, Farmingdale, Valley Stream, Town of Huntington, Town of Smithtown, Irvington, Greenburgh, Eastchester, Mount Kisco, Nyack, South Nyack, Upper Nyack, Grandview-on-Hudson, Clarkstown, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown and Freeport.
[NOTE: See attached list of New York communities where FiOS TV is now available.]
"Residents of Port Chester and Tuckahoe now can join the other New York communities that have been given an outstanding, superior choice for their video entertainment," said Monica Azare, Verizon senior vice president for New York and Connecticut. "FiOS TV will bring something to consumers they've never had before, with incredible pictures and sound clarity and innovative new services - all from a brand they know and trust.
"Customers who liked what FiOS did for their Internet connection will love what it does for their TV. We've harnessed the speed and capacity of fiber-based broadband with the power of broadcast to create a revolutionary, new entertainment experience," said Azare.
Consumers can check online at www.verizon.com/fiostv to see if FiOS TV is already available in their area, or to request that Verizon contact them when FiOS TV becomes available. Customers also can call their local Verizon sales office or 1-800-880-2941.
Verizon's FiOS TV Premier package delivers 200 all-digital channels for $42.99 per month. The package includes more than 20 high-definition (HD) channels in the New York market and access to more than 8,500 on-demand titles, 60 percent of which are free. Sports fans subscribing to FiOS TV Premier in the New York market will also receive the YES Network, MSG Network and FSN New York at no extra charge.
All Verizon FiOS TV-eligible customers in New York have the option to trim their monthly bill by bundling FiOS TV service, FiOS Internet Service and the Verizon Freedom Essentials voice service - all for under $95 a month.
Verizon offers three set-top boxes: standard definition for $4.99 per month; high definition, which includes HD channels, for $9.99 per month; and a dual-tuner, HD-capable digital video recorder for $12.99 per month.
Verizon also offers innovative features not available from other providers, such as Home Media DVR (digital video recorder) and FiOS TV Widgets. Home Media DVR, at $19.99 per month, has a multiroom DVR feature enabling up to three simultaneous viewings of recorded programs without requiring customers to set up a complex home network or buy extra equipment. Customers also can access photos and music on their PCs and play them on their TV. FiOS TV Widgets is a free interactive feature that provides viewers with local weather and traffic information while they're watching their favorite shows.
In addition to New York, Verizon currently offers FiOS TV in parts of California, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Maryland.
Delivered over Verizon's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, FiOS TV is a formidable competitor to cable and satellite. Verizon's FTTP network delivers amazingly sharp pictures and sound, and 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. The company's fiber network 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 service.* Only Verizon's network has earned the certification of the independent Fiber to the Home Council for providing fiber all the way to customers' homes and businesses.
"Our all-fiber-optic upgrade is a complete transformation of Verizon's communications network," said Azare. "This transformation offers consumers the very best services: super-fast Internet speeds, superior TV and crystal-clear voice, all at competitive prices with Verizon's unmatched customer service."
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.
* NOTE: actual (throughput) speeds will vary.
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 more than 59 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which operates one of the most expansive wholly owned global IP networks, and Verizon Telecom, which is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers. A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of approximately 242,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
FiOS TV is available in parts of the following New York communities:
Freeport; Farmingdale; Valley Stream; Town of Huntington: Centerport, Cold Spring Harbor, Greenlawn, Huntington Station, Huntington and Melville; Town of Smithtown: Commack, Hauppauge, Kings Park, Lake Ronkonkoma, Nesconset, Smithtown and St. James; Massapequa Park; Laurel Hollow; Cedarhurst; Lynbrook; Mineola; East Rockaway; Town of Hempstead: Baldwin, Bellmore, Elmont, Hewlett, Lakeview, Merrick, North Merrick, North Bellmore, North Valley Stream, Oceanside, Roosevelt, Seaford, Wantagh and Woodmere; Town of Oyster Bay: Massapequa, Syosset, Woodbury, Bethpage, Hicksville, Jericho, Plainview, Oyster Bay and East Norwich
Ardsley; Dobbs Ferry; Tarrytown; Irvington; Town of Greenburgh: Hartsdale; Eastchester; Mount Kisco; Elmsford; Port Chester; Tuckahoe
Nyack; South Nyack; Upper Nyack; Grandview-on-Hudson; Town of Clarkstown: West Nyack, Central Nyack, Valley Cottage, New City, Congers, Bardonia, Rockland Lake and Nanuet