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HD Video on Demand Now Available To More Verizon FiOS TV Customers

Verizon Plans to Offer 1,000 HD VOD Titles This Year

News Release

April 2, 2008 –

NEW YORK - More FiOS TV customers can enjoy even more high-definition programming now that Verizon has launched high-definition video-on-demand (VOD) service in parts of eight more states where FiOS TV is available.  Delivered over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network straight to customers' homes, Verizon FiOS TV offers an unparalleled high-definition signal that delivers pure picture quality and sound.

Verizon is now offering HD VOD where FiOS TV is available in California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas.  The company began offering HD VOD last December in Florida, Indiana, western Pennsylvania and Virginia.  FiOS TV customers in New York and Oregon will receive HD VOD in the coming weeks.

"As the popularity of high-definition programming continues to grow, we are delivering the best in HD content," said Shawn Strickland, Verizon's vice president of video solutions.  "With 10,000 titles each month, our overall video-on-demand library is the industry's largest, and we plan to offer more than 1,000 high-definition video on demand titles this year."

Verizon already has nearly doubled the number of titles in its HD on-demand library since launching the service.  The company recently announced new HD VOD content from CBS, Discovery Channel, Music Choice, HDNet and Ovation TV.  Other titles include a mix of free programs from a variety of sources, including instructional videos from Howcast, movies from FearNet and music programming from Blastro Music, as well as a number of recently released blockbuster movies.

"Increasing our HD content through video on demand is just one more way we're making FiOS TV the first and best choice for home entertainment," said Strickland.  "We're aggressively creating a competitive TV offering that includes the best content delivered over Verizon's superior fiber network - a combination that is a must-have for today's consumers.  Our subscribers love video on demand because it frees them to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment on their own schedules."

Seventy percent of FiOS TV's video-on-demand titles in both standard and high definition each month are free of charge to subscribers.  Titles span a wide variety of content, including:

  • Free on Demand: Customers can watch many of their favorite TV shows on demand for free, with a selection of thousands of titles each month, including sports, lifestyle and kids programming from a variety of sources like the NFL Network, HGTV, TLC, USA Network, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, as well as a variety of special-interest channels, such as the World Fishing Network.

  • Movies on Demand: Current blockbusters and classic favorites, as well as free independent film gems from the Film Fest Channel, are among the hundreds of new and classic movies offered every month.

  • Premium on Demand: When customers subscribe to premium services - including HBO, Cinemax and FiOS TV's movie package, which includes Showtime, Starz, the Movie Channel, Encore and Sundance Channel - they can watch premium programming on their own schedules.  The service includes hundreds of movies and shows every month that are updated daily.

Customers access video on demand simply by pressing the "VOD" or "On Demand" button on their remote control, by using the main 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.

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Heather Wilner, 212-321-8333

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