Verizon has launched its FiOS TV service in two new markets: Woburn, Mass. and Massapequa Park, N.Y.
In Woburn, a city north of Boston, Verizon is marketing the service to about 37,000 residents. Verizon said it is in franchise negotiations with more than 30 other communities in Massachusetts. Massapequa Park is a village of 17,000 on Long Island. Woburn and Massapequa Park mark the first communities in their respective states to get the FiOS TV service.
In addition to New York and Massachusetts, Verizon has netted video franchises in California, Florida, Virginia and Texas.
Verizon is entering those areas with an "expanded basic" lineup of 180 digital video and music channels for $39.95 per month, an 1,800-title video-on-demand library, dual-tuner digital video recorders for another $12.95 per month, and a high-definition television tier of 20 channels for another $9.95 per month.
Similar to cable's approach to video, FiOS TV uses an RF overlay to broadcast channels to customers. Thus far, Verizon has not taken the IPTV route for its primary video service.