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Even More Choices Now Available on the No. 1 Video-on-Demand Service - Verizon's FiOS TV
New VOD Content Includes CBS, Discovery Channel in HD, Smithsonian Channel, Ovation TV and MoreNews Release
March 19, 2008 –
NEW YORK - FiOS TV customers now enjoy even more home entertainment choices as Verizon expands its industry-leading video-on-demand (VOD) offer with recently added programs from CBS, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian Channel, Ovation TV and more. Also today, Verizon announced new VOD content that features college basketball tournament programming.
"With an ever-growing list of VOD titles in both standard and high definition, FiOS TV continues to offer the largest collection of video-on-demand content in the industry, giving FiOS TV viewers a vast number of choices for their video entertainment," said Terry Denson, vice president - FiOS TV content and programming. "The best part of all is that with video-on-demand, you can watch what you want whenever it fits your schedule."
FiOS TV customers can now enjoy some of their favorite programming from CBS, including "Big Brother 9," "Numb3rs," "CSI," "CSI Miami," "CSI New York," "Jericho," "NCIS" and "Survivor: Micronesia - Fans vs. Favorites." Some of this programming is already available in high definition.
HD VOD service is currently available over the FiOS TV systems in Richmond and Virginia Beach, Va.; Tampa, Fla.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Burlington, Mass.; and Rhode Island. It is coming soon to all remaining FiOS TV markets. Verizon has said that it expects to increase its HD VOD titles to more than 1,000 by the end of the year.
Other new HD VOD content on Verizon FiOS TV includes Music Choice, the multi-platform music network, and Howcast, which offers how-to videos for consumers on everything from how to re-wire a lamp to how to sew your own clothes. In addition, Verizon recently began offering HD programming from the Discovery Channel on-demand. This includes the wildly popular "Planet Earth" series, among other Discovery Channel favorites.
"Watching a show like 'Planet Earth' in high-def on FiOS TV will blow you away," said Denson. "Our uncompressed HD signal creates the highest-quality picture anywhere, and you can even enhance that with Dolby 5.1 digital surround sound."
Verizon's industry-leading VOD service offers more than 10,000 titles each month, 70 percent of which are free. The titles encompass a broad range of interests, including kids, music, pop culture, Spanish language, and home and leisure. FiOS TV customers have seen recent content additions from the Smithsonian Channel, Ovation TV, The Horror Channel, Players Network and others.
In addition to the college basketball tournament programming separately announced, Verizon is also offering new sports content in FiOS TV's free VOD sports section, with more than 700 titles each month. The newest content comes from S Sports, the 24-hour digital cable network dedicated to urban and international sports programming, including street sports, semi-pro boxing, documentaries and more.
Verizon will also air college basketball tournament content on FiOS1, Verizon's local TV channel for the Washington D.C./Northern Virginia market, as well as on FiOS1 On Demand, which is available to all FiOS TV customers nationally. This will include a daily 60-minute tournament preview show as well as a two-minute update that will air at the top and bottom of the hour throughout the day.
Customers can access video on demand simply by pressing the "VOD" or "On Demand" button on their remote control, by using a menu on FiOS TV's interactive media guide, or selecting the VOD channel.
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 66 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 nearly 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
Heather Wilner, 212-321-8333