Verizon FiOS TV Expands Channel Lineup With Leading Filipino Channel

NEW YORK - As part of Verizon's continuous expansion of its FiOS TV channel lineup, the company announced today that it has started adding GMA Pinoy TV, a 24-hour general interest channel broadcast in Tagalog, one of the major languages spoken in the Philippines.

Filipinos in parts of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island where FiOS TV is available can now enjoy GMA Pinoy TV, the first international channel from leading broadcast company GMA Network and one of the Philippines' top television stations.  Verizon will launch GMA Pinoy TV in all remaining FiOS TV markets during the next few months.

"Verizon continues to enhance the FiOS TV channel lineup with some of the industry's most compelling content," said Terry Denson, vice president - FiOS TV content and programming.  "We are delighted to add GMA Pinoy TV to our expanding lineup of multicultural channels, and we're committed to offering more and more special interest programming."

GMA Pinoy TV's entertainment programs feature the current No. 1 primetime program in the Philippines, "Dyesebel," and other similarly exciting and popular shows such as "Codename: Asero," "Ako si Kim Samsoon" and "Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan."  In addition, the channel offers award-winning news and public affairs programs that include flagship newscast "24 Oras" and public affairs programs "I-Witness," "Emergency," "Imbestigador" and "Wish Ko Lang," among others.  These programs are reported by veteran and award-winning broadcast journalists Mike Enriquez, Mel Tiangco, Jessica Soho, Arnold Clavio, Vicky Morales and others.

Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., GMA Network's executive vice president and chief operating officer, said, "GMA Network is pleased and honored to serve the Filipino community where FiOS TV is available through GMA Pinoy TV's quality programs, which undoubtedly bring them closer to home."

Verizon FiOS TV already offers an extensive lineup of multicultural content, including premium international channels broadcast in multiple languages including Chinese, Korean, Japanese 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, an increasing number of 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.

Verizon's FiOS TV service 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 parts of 13 states: California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Oregon, Texas and Virginia. 

To order FiOS TV's Filipino package, which includes GMA Pinoy TV and The Filipino Channel for $24.99 per month, customers can call 888-438-3467.

For more information on FiOS TV, consumers also can visit www.verizon.com/fiostv

About GMA Pinoy TV
GMA PINOY TV (www.gmaPinoyTV.com), the first international channel of leading television station GMA Network, airs most of the current top-rated programs from the Philippines, which are winners in their time blocks. Programming is family-oriented and is composed of news, public affairs, variety and game shows, sitcoms, soap operas and talk shows. It is currently available in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Guam, Saipan, 16 countries in the Middle East, 11 countries in North Africa, Papua New Guinea and the British Indian Ocean Territory of Diego Garcia.

About Verizon
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.