Verizon lowers prices for CDNs, subscribers

Thu, 01/08/2009 - 7:25am
Traci Patterson

This week, Verizon announced that it’s lowering its price for online movie services, as well as content delivery network providers (CDNs), to connect directly to the Verizon Internet backbone network.

Also this week, the telco announced that it’s offering new promotional deals for its bundled services and high-speed Internet service; that it now offers more than 100 high-definition (HD) channels in every market where FiOS TV is available; and that FiOS TV customers now have the option to remotely control their Home Media DVRs, either online or via select Verizon Wireless handsets.

The new pricing initiative for online movie services and CDNs – the Verizon Partner Port Program – gives content owners and CDNs a direct connection from their content storage devices to the Verizon Internet backbone network, allowing them to bypass the traditional backbone peering process when delivering content to the broadband end users on Verizon's network.

"We have built one of the most robust networks in the marketplace and are providing a pricing structure that moves content providers and CDNs beyond traditional delivery systems to a model that taps that capacity in the best interest of broadband customers," said Quintin Lew, senior vice president of Verizon Partner Solutions, the company's wholesale services division.

The specific rates and charges for each customer will be determined based on various factors, including the number and location of the customer's connections, the customer's total bandwidth commitment (as well as the bandwidth commitment at each location), and the traffic ratio profile, Verizon said.

The company’s new promotional offers for customers are for triple- and double-play bundles for new high-speed Internet (HSI) and DirecTV customers.

Verizon's triple-play bundles start at $79.99 per month for 12 months, featuring up to 1 Mbps Internet access, and Verizon's double-play bundles start at $49.99 per month for 12 months. Through Feb. 21, if new customers order an upgraded bundle with either the up to 3 Mbps or the up to 7.1 Mbps HSI service, they will receive a special discount of up to $30 per month for the first three months.

And effective immediately, new Verizon HSI customers who subscribe to a two-year plan can be sure of the cost – for as long as they keep the service. According to Verizon, the new price guarantee delivers savings of $2 to $8 per month ($24 to $96 per year), depending on the speed selected and the service area. Service with speeds of up to 1 Mbps is priced at $17.99 per month; up to 3 Mbps at $27.99 per month; and up to 7.1 Mbps at $37.99 per month.

Meanwhile, FiOS TV customers now have the option to remotely control their Home Media DVRs, either online or via select Verizon Wireless handsets.

"FiOS TV customers can now reach out and touch their Home Media DVRs wherever they go," said Shawn Strickland, vice president of FiOS products for Verizon. "Imagine the convenience of setting parental controls from your PC at the office, or using your cell phone to schedule a show for recording while you're away on vacation. This is the kind of freedom, flexibility and control that FiOS TV uniquely delivers."

Customers can access the remote control service through Verizon's FiOS TV Web site, or by using downloadable software on Verizon Wireless LG enV2, LG Voyager or LG Chocolate 2 handsets. The wireless remote DVR capability will become available on additional Verizon Wireless handsets in the future, the telco said.

Verizon FiOS TV now provides 100 or more channels of HDTV in every market where the service is offered. More than 1.6 million customers currently subscribe to the all-digital service, which is available to more than 8.2 million homes and small businesses in 14 states. FiOS TV offers more than 500 all-digital channels and 14,000 VOD titles each month – including more than 1,200 HD VOD titles per month. 

Finally, residents and businesses in additional areas in Manhattan and Queens, N.Y., can now sign up for FiOS TV service. And consumers and small businesses in Dover, Leominster and Norwell, Mass., now have access to FiOS TV.

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