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Broadband Briefs for 7/03/08

Thu, 07/03/2008 - 8:00am

Verizon’s FiOS TV service expands in Mass.
By Traci Patterson

Verizon has introduced its FiOS TV service to consumers in Plymouth, Mass.

Plymouth is among 76 Massachusetts communities where the company's new television service is, or will soon be, offered.

Verizon is currently negotiating with several other communities in Massachusetts to obtain additional franchises.

Dish adds 4 HD local markets
By Traci Patterson

Dish Network has extended its local high-definition (HD) market reach with the addition of four new markets: Syracuse, N.Y.; Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Lansing, Mich.

Earlier this year, Dish announced plans to enhance its HD programming lineup throughout 2008. Dish expects to reach 100 local HD markets by the end of the year and have 100 national HD channels. The satellite provider currently offers HD locals in 65 markets, reaching more than 69 percent of TV households in the U.S.

In order to view HD programming, Dish customers can upgrade to a dishHD receiver, such as the ViP722 – a dual-tuner HD digital video recorder (DVR) that operates two TVs in separate rooms, one in HD and one in standard-definition (SD). The ViP722 can record up to 55 hours of HD content and up to 350 hours of SD content, and it allows customers to pause, rewind and fast-forward live TV programming.

More Broadband Direct:

• Comcast trials SDV in Minneapolis/St. Paul 

• HD expansion from Cablevision complimentary and gratis 

• Cox hires Meeks, Richter 

• RCN adds more HD channels to New York City market 

• Fiber beat cable for global subscriber additions in Q1 

• Verizon's FiOS service receives top W Score 

• Microsoft, Yahoo still both wheeling and dealing 

• Broadband Briefs for 7/03/08 

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