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Verizon beefs up VOD offering

Thu, 03/20/2008 - 8:57am
Mike Robuck

Verizon announced yesterday that it has added more programs to its video-on-demand (VOD) tier with content from CBSDiscovery ChannelSmithsonian Channel and Ovation TV

Verizon also announced new VOD content that features college basketball tournament programming, as well as additional free sports content.

CBS content now available to Verizon’s FiOS TV customers includes "Big Brother 9," "Numb3rs," "CSI," "CSI Miami," "CSI New York," "Jericho," "NCIS" and "Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites."  Some of the CBS shows are currently available in high-definition (HD).

"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, VP of FiOS TV content and programming. 

Verizon’s HD VOD service is currently available in Richmond and Virginia Beach, Va.; Tampa, Fla.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Burlington, Mass.; and Rhode Island. Verizon said that the service is coming soon to all of its 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 from Verizon includes Music Choice, a multi-platform music network, and Howcast, which offers how-to videos for consumers. Verizon also recently began offering HD programming from the Discovery Channel on its VOD tier. 

Verizon's VOD service offers more than 10,000 titles each month, 70 percent of which are free.

By contrast, Comcast has more than 10,000 titles available for on-demand viewing each month, with 90 percent of those available for free. Comcast expects to have 6,000 movie titles per month in its VOD movie library over the course of the next 12 to 18 months, with half of those in HD.
 
As part of its Project Infinity, Comcast plans to offer more than 1,000 HD movies, TV shows and other viewing choices each month by year’s end.

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. The programming includes 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.

Verizon is also offering new sports content in FiOS TV's free VOD sports section. The newest content comes from S Sports, a 24-hour digital cable network dedicated to urban and international sports programming, including street sports, semi-pro boxing and documentaries.

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