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 also offers VOD programs, up to 10,000 per month. 70% of those titles are free, and many VOD titles are available in high definition.
Being a Verizon FiOS subscriber myself, I can attest to the high quality of the HD content. While compressing high-definition content is common among service providers in order to squeeze in more channels, I have not seen any pixelation or compression artifacts with the FiOS video. In fact, doing a side-by-side comparison with over-the-air high-definition video vs. FiOS fiber-optic high-definition video, I could see no difference in quality.
FiOS TV is now available in the following areas: Abington, Acton, Andover, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Boxborough, Boxford, Braintree, Burlington, Canton, Dedham, Dunstable, Framingham, Franklin, Georgetown, Hamilton, Hingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lincoln, Littleton, Lexington, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Marion, Marlborough, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Medfield, Medway, Melrose, Methuen, Middleborough, Nahant, Natick, Needham, Newton, North Reading, Norfolk, Norwood, Reading, Rochester, Rockland, Rowley, Sherborn, Southborough, Stoneham, Sudbury, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Tyngsborough, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Wareham, Wayland, Wellesley, Wenham, West Newbury, Westborough, Westwood, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn, as well as other locations in New York, New Jersey, California, Delaware, Texas, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia. The company also has a TV franchise in Lakeville, Mass.