Verizon FiOS TV Broadens Multicultural Content With 14 New In-Language Channels From World TV

NEW YORK - As part of Verizon's continual expansion of its FiOS TV channel lineup, the company announced Monday (Aug. 25) that it has started adding 14 new multicultural channels from World TV.  The channels, broadcast in eight different languages, offer a diverse mix of programming to FiOS TV subscribers.

"This new programming from around the world is part of what makes FiOS TV the ultimate home-entertainment experience," said Terry Denson, vice president - FiOS TV content and programming.  "It also helps to expand our multicultural channel lineup, making FiOS TV an outlet for emerging and independent networks to showcase their diverse content."

The 14 new channels come from World TV, a division of content management and delivery company GlobeCast, which previously signed a distribution deal with Verizon for top-tier international channels.

Verizon has already launched the 14 new channels in New York, northern New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and will launch them in all remaining FiOS TV regions during the next few months.  The new channels are:

  • Kuwait TV and MBT (Arabic)

  • BN and NTV Hayat (Balkan)

  • CTN and TVK (Cambodian)

  • Pro TV and RSC1 (Romanian)

  • RTR Planeta (Russian)

  • Public TV of Armenia (Armenian)

  • RTPi (Portuguese)

  • KISB4 - CBS, KISB5 - MBN and KISB7 - Sky Baduk (Korean)

Verizon FiOS TV already offers an extensive lineup of multicultural content - including premium international channels from Poland, China, Japan and India - in addition to a Spanish-language package called La Conexión, which offers more than 25 Spanish-language channels.  FiOS TV also provides a growing selection of premium international channels broadcast in multiple languages, including Chinese, Korean, Farsi, French, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

FiOS TV is delivered over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network straight to customers' homes and businesses, providing stunning picture-and-sound quality, numerous high-definition (HD) and video-on-demand (VOD) choices, a broad spectrum of content diversity, and exciting interactive features that set it apart from cable offerings.

FiOS TV offers a broad collection of all-digital programming, with more than 400 total channels and 11,000 VOD titles, 70 percent of which are free.  The VOD library also includes an increasing number of HD titles, and Verizon plans to have 1,000 HD VOD titles per month by the end of the year.  FiOS TV is currently available to more than 7 million homes in 13 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.  For customer service support in Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), consumers can call 888-878-9188 (East Coast) or 800-483-8688 (West Coast); Korean: 800-483-7772; Russian: 877-250-7400; Spanish: 800-560-4652; and Vietnamese (West Coast only): 800-483-2262.

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 69 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 228,600 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.