The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) confirmed an agreement between The City of New York and Verizon to provide television service to all of New York City. The PSC confirmation is the final step in government regulations.
Verizon expanded its FiOS service to close to 800,000 Florida residents in West Central Florida counties. The fiber-optic television provider, which offers 31 HD (high-definition) channels in the Tampa Bay area, will now service Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota.
Residents in Plymouth, Massachusetts can now get 30 high-definition from Verizon FiOS, now that the television service provider has expanded into the area. The service will also provide 200 all-digital channels and over 10,000 video-on-demand channels.
Verizon FiOS has just added 15 new HD (high-definition) channels to its service in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. The new high-def channels include the Big Ten Network and new HD channels like CNBC, Bravo and USA. Upcoming channels will include CNN, TBS, Lifetime, 3 new Starz channels and 2 new Showtime channels.
Residents of Stow, Massachusetts will have another high-definition choice as Verizon FiOS is approved for the area. The Board of Selectmen in Stow, granted a cable franchise to Verizon last Tuesday. FiOS will offer hundreds of channels including 30+ HD (high-definition) channels to customers.
DirecTV finished out on top with 32% of the votes. This is not surprising given their market penetration and dominance in HD channel offerings. Verizon FiOS, who currently only serves approximately 40 HD channels, came out with 27% of the votes. DISH Network, who trails DirecTV in number of HD channels, captured 15% of the votes.
In Virginia, Poquoson City Council awarded Verizon a cable franchise which currently covers 347 households. The residents will have another choice in television service with FiOS TV and the high-definition channels it carries. The company expects to start offering FiOS TV in the area later this summer.
Massachusetts residents will soon have Verizon FiOS as an option for television service, including high-definition and VOD content. The ciites of Ashland and Plymouth have granted contracts for Verizon FiOS TV service. This brings the total amount of Massachusetts communities covered by Verizon up to 74.
The last couple NBA finals games have left me hanging, due to an oversight in the Verizon FiOS DVR program recording. The problem exists when a program runs over schedule. While watching games 4 and 5 of the NBA finals, with 7 or 8 minutes left, the recording would end. I’d have to wait until the midnight re-broadcast (which ends around 2 AM) or put on ESPN to find out the outcome.
Verizon, the company that brings you fiber-optic television, internet, and phone service through fiber-optics, announced more than 60 new channels to be launched this summer. The company says that at least 25 of them will be high-definition.
To test the HD (high-definition) video quality of Verizon’s FiOS HD service, I made a comparison between the fiber-optic service and over-the-air (OTA) transmissions of the Lakers vs. Jazz NBA playoff game yesterday. The broadcast was in 720p from ABC network in Dolby Digital.
Verizon FiOS expanded in Massachusetts yesterday adding service to the cities of Rochester and Walpole. Subscribers to FiOS television services will have access to 30 HD (high definition) channels, and over 200 digital channels.
FiOS, the fiber-optic television/internet/phone service from Verizon is now available in Roslyn Harbor and Wappingers Falls, has been expanded in the Town of Newburgh, and has been granted licenses to move into several more New York Communities.
The city of Malden, Massachusetts has approved a license for Verizon to deliver video via its FiOS TV service, allowing residents another choice for digital and high definition television. This brings the number of areas in Massachusetts where Verizon will be available or soon to be available to 67.
Standard definition movies from Verizon VOD are usually $4.99, but I watched “Into the Wild” the other night in HD for $5.99. The extra dollar for high definition seems worth it, since that is what you would pay to rent a Blu-ray Disc or HD DVD at a video store. Minus the cost of gas to get to the store, you might actually be saving some money by using video-on-demand.
Strategy Analytics reports that IPTV revenues will grow rapidly to $14 billion in 2012 from 2007 revenues of $694 million. “2007 was a watershed year for IPTV in the US market,” said Ben Piper, Director of the Strategy Analytics Broadband Network Strategies service.
Residents of Abington, Massachusetts are closer to having another option for television programming. Verizon, which provides fiber-optic services (FiOS) for television, internet and phone, was granted a cable franchise last Monday on Feb. 25. The license will allow Verizon to service approximately 5,000 homes, offering high speed internet and high-definition services.
Verizon Communications, which recently signed up its 1 millionth FiOS TV subscriber, has been forced to tell some new customers to sit tight for a few weeks before they can get high-definition service because it has no more HD set-tops …
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) has secured carriage for its MGM HD Channel on Verizon’s FiOS TV service, bringing feature film hits from the MGM library to Verizon FiOS TV subscriber households in full high definition splendor. The announcement was made today by Douglas A. Lee, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Digital Media for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Jim Packer, Co-President, MGM Worldwide Television.