Verizon, CA adds HD channels, surpasses DirecTV

Verizon has added 18 new channels to market areas in California including several new high-definition channels. According to the company, they now offer a total of 110 HD channels in those areas. If those numbers are correct, DirecTV’s high-def channel domination seems to have been surpassed, at least for now.

The score was 104 to 103 according to a recent study from Pike & Fischer revealing DirecTV offered only one more HD channel than FiOS. A scan of both websites today confirmed the 104 number for DirecTV, while a count of HD channels available from Verizon in the Los Angeles area came to 108.

The HD channel counts don’t take into consideration HD VOD, of which both companies offer a substantial amount of HD titles in their libraries.

The FiOS additions in California included Encore HD, Cinemax HD East and HBO HD East. In standard-definition, Verizon also added Chiller, CBS College Sports Network, The Home Shopping Network, Blue Highways, and eight multicultural channels.

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