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Verizon Brings New Age of TV Entertainment to Greenwich, Conn.
FiOS TV Provides 'an HD Experience That Cable Can't Touch'Greenwich Library and Greenwich Alliance for Education Can Benefit Through FiOS SalesNews Release
GREENWICH, Conn. – September 1, 2010 –
Residents and businesses in parts of Greenwich, Conn., are now able to experience a revolutionary television experience when they order Verizon's FiOS TV.
Brought into homes and businesses over 100 percent fiber optics, FiOS TV provides users with more channels, more high-def programming, more video on demand and faster Internet speeds than old-fashioned cable TV.
Verizon is offering a triple play of FiOS TV, FiOS Internet and reliable telephone service in packages as low as $89.99 per month.
In addition, new FiOS consumers who order a Verizon bundle as part of a two-year contract can take advantage of the Worry-Free Guarantee, allowing them to cancel their service within 30 days of the date of activation, with no termination fee.
"Connecticut is a new TV market for Verizon, and our customers in Greenwich, at long last, will have a better choice for TV," said Bob Driscoll, Verizon sales vice president for the company's Northeast region. "Today, they join consumers in hundreds of other communities in the Northeast and across the country in experiencing revolutionary TV. Our technicians are eager to install FiOS TV in consumers' homes."
Driscoll said that Verizon is spreading the exciting news throughout the community through print and online advertising as well as posting flyers and hosting local events such as at the A&P Fresh stores in Greenwich and Riverside.
As part of the Connecticut launch of FiOS TV, Verizon is enabling new FiOS TV customers in the state the opportunity to select one of two local nonprofit organizations - the Greenwich Library, or the Greenwich Alliance for Education -- for Verizon to make a donation for a qualifying FiOS sale placed at one of the company's local sales events. The organizations can receive up to $65 per FiOS sale.
Since filing for a required franchise agreement from the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control on June 7, Verizon has been making the necessary modifications to its Port Chester, N.Y., central office in order to provide video service to the company's Connecticut customers. FiOS TV availability in Port Chester also will be expanded as a result of the central office work.
A Verizon FiOS TV exclusive will be the 3D broadcast of the New York Giants and New England Patriots final pre-season game on Thursday (Sept. 2.) Verizon FiOS1 is producing the 3D broadcast, which will be shown on FiOS Channel 834 for FiOS TV subscribers in the New York City area, including Long Island and Westchester and Rockland counties and Greenwich, as well as for subscribers in northern New Jersey, Mercer County, N.J., Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Similar to previously offered 3D programming from Verizon, customers must have 3D TV sets, 3D glasses and a high-definition set-top box to view the broadcast.
FiOS TV offers more than 600 channels, including more than 138 high-definition (HD) channels in Connecticut - more HD channels than the area's current cable provider, Cablevision.
"Our advanced fiber-optic network was built for HD, so FiOS TV offers an HD experience that cable can't touch," said Driscoll. "With all-fiber connections running straight to their homes and businesses, viewers get eye-popping, jaw-dropping TV in both standard and high definition."
FiOS TV Service Highlights
FiOS TV customers receive many added benefits that are included in their service at no additional cost. For example, FiOS TV includes 18,000 monthly video-on-demand titles (70 percent of which are free), including 3,300 in HD, and next-generation interactive services including an advanced interactive media guide; social networking, news and entertainment widgets; remote DVR management via broadband or cell phone; and more.
In addition, Verizon offers a FiOS TV Home Media DVR that allows families to view, record, pause and rewind programming on up to three TVs in the home at the same time. All FiOS HD customers also have access to Media Manager software that lets users access personal videos, photos and music from their home computer on their TV and also watch online videos from YouTube, blip.tv and Dailymotion as well as Internet Radio.
FiOS TV is delivered over Verizon's all-fiber-optic network, which brings the power and capacity of fiber optics directly into people's homes and has industry-leading quality and reliability. Fiber 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. This network also offers FiOS Internet Service, which delivers downstream speeds of up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upstream speeds of up to 35 Mbps, as well as high-quality voice services.
Free Verizon Wi-Fi access at thousands of locations across the U.S. is available for FiOS Internet customers with up-to-20 Mbps or faster packages. Free Wi-Fi hot spot locations include hotels, airports, restaurants, coffee shops, retailers and other public locations across the U.S. For a list of hot spot locations, visit www.verizon.com/hotspots.
The value of FiOS TV extends to installation and customer support. Specially trained Verizon technicians will install the service for up to three existing TV outlets and acquaint subscribers with FiOS TV features and services. Verizon provides 24 x 7 technical assistance by phone from its Fiber Solutions Centers.
Verizon FiOS customers also have access to the Verizon In-Home Agent, a free application that gives them valuable tools to set up services, configure Wi-Fi links, set up and manage voice mail, auto-fix video problems, trouble-shoot and correct Internet issues - all with the simple click of a mouse.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 92 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
John Bonomo, 212-321-8033