Verizon Phases Out Analog

Verizon phases out duplicate analog channels on the FiOS TV service

April 7, 2008

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NEW YORK -- With the federal mandate tophase out analog television broadcasts approaching in early 2009, manyconsumers remain uncertain of what the change means for them. However,Verizon FiOS TV customers are ahead of the game. Verizon FiOS TV is alreadyall-digital, so for most customers there will be no change. At the sametime, Verizon is making other changes, and it is taking steps to ensurethat customers are not confused by the phaseout of analog broadcasts.

Verizon is phasing out a small number of duplicate analog channels onthe FiOS TV service so all customers will enjoy better-quality, all-digitalviewing experiences on every set in their homes. Until now, Verizon hasprovided these duplicate channels to allow digital subscribers to view somelimited programming in an analog format without using a set-top box.

The company also has a small number of customers who subscribe to aservice that solely offers these duplicate analog channels. Verizon willmake the digital transition easy for these customers by providing them witha free digital adapter.

"As we phase out our local analog simulcasts this year, we want to makesure that our small number of affected customers can continue receivingthis programming on sets they are using without a set-top box," saidMichelle Minus Swittenberg, Verizon vice president of sales and marketingfor the New York region. "We're reaching out to those customers now to helpthem get their free converter box from us so they can enjoy high-qualitydigital programming on every set in the home."

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)

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