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Verizon ups service offerings in Calif., Mass., Pa.

Thu, 10/16/2008 - 8:20am
Traci Patterson

In California, Verizon is now offering more than 100 high-definition (HD) channels.

FiOS TV customers in the area now have more than 800 HD choices available at any time, with 102 HD channels and more than 700 HD video-on-demand (VOD) titles offered each month – which is more than Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications offer in the region, according to Verizon.

And Verizon is offering a year's free use of either an HD digital video recorder (DVR) or an HD Home Media DVR to consumers who sign up for FiOS TV by Oct. 31. The Home Media DVR allows customers to use one DVR to record programming that can be watched on up to six other TV sets in the home. The Home Media DVR is bundled with Media Manager, a feature that allows customers to access photos and music from their personal computers and play them on their TV.

Verizon is also offering new FiOS TV customers, or existing customers who upgrade to a bundled package, one free month of HBO and Cinemax.

Meanwhile, residents of Grafton and Weston, Mass., will soon have access to Verizon’s FiOS TV service, thanks to newly approved agreements authorizing the telco to offer its video service in the areas. The approvals make 84 the total number of Massachusetts communities where Verizon's FiOS TV is, or will soon be, available.

Additionally, Verizon has begun offering its FiOS TV service in seven communities in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon and York counties in Pennsylvania. As part of this launch, Verizon will offer 88 HD channels to consumers in the market, with plans to offer 100 HD channels by year’s end.

Among the first communities to get Verizon's FiOS TV service in the four counties are parts of Camp Hill Borough, Derry Township, Fairview Township, Hampden Township, Palmyra Borough, South Londonderry Township and Swatara Township. The service will be available in several additional communities within the next few weeks, Verizon said, and it plans to make FiOS TV available to about 85,000 homes and businesses in the region by the end of October.

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