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Verizon to add 60+ channels to lineup

Thu, 06/05/2008 - 8:35am
Traci Patterson

Verizon is adding more than 60 new channels to its lineup this summer, including high-definition (HD), sports and multicultural content. 

By year’s end, Verizon plans to offer up to 150 HD channels, which will include all available major HD programming. Other Verizon HD choices include hundreds of video-on-demand (VOD) titles per month, with 1,000 HD VOD titles available by the end of the year.

In early July, Verizon said that it will begin its rollout of the content, region by region, to areas where FiOS TV is available. The new channels will be activated in FiOS systems across the country over the following few months.

Included in the new content will be more than 25 HD channels, bringing the total number of HD channels to between 52 and 65, depending on customers’ location.

Consumers will see more sports programming on the FiOS TV lineup. And Verizon will also add approximately 15 multicultural channels to its lineup.

Verizon's FiOS TV service offers a broad collection of all-digital programming, with more than 400 total channels and 10,000 VOD titles, 70 percent of which are free. The VOD library also includes an increasing number of HD titles. FiOS TV is currently available to more than 6.5 million homes in 13 states.

Meanwhile, to reduce its power consumption and energy costs and shrink its carbon footprint, Verizon has established its own energy-consumption standards and an associated measurement process for new telecom-related equipment. 

The standards will be applied to certain broadband, video, data-center, network and customer premises equipment (CPE) purchased after Jan. 1, 2009, Verizon said. The target provided to the manufacturers of such equipment is 20 percent greater efficiency than today's gear.

"We want to reduce our energy usage and do our part to improve the environment," said Mark Wegleitner, SVP of corporate network and technology. "We're proud to be leading the industry with this initial, important step, and invite others to use these standards so the cumulative effect is increased."

Additionally, consumers in Georgetown, Texas, now have access to Verizon’s high-speed Internet service. The service offers qualified customers a downstream connection speed of up to 7 Mbps for as low as $42.99 per month when ordered with an annual service plan.

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