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VZ Beefs Up FiOS TV Lineup

BOSTON -- Verizon FiOS TV is now even better for customers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island as the company is launching 75 new channels, including 55 additional high-definition (HD) channels. FiOS TV customers in the area now have more than 480 HD choices available at any time, with a total of 85 HD channels and more than 400 HD video-on-demand (VOD) titles offered each month.

As a result of this enhancement to the FiOS TV lineup, Verizon is now offering consumers here more HD than any of the local cable companies -- including Comcast, Charter, RCN and Cox -- offer. Verizon will continue expanding its FiOS TV channel lineup this year, with a major focus on HD content. By year-end, Verizon plans to offer all available major HD programming.

Verizon also announced that it is offering customers in the region new FiOS Freedom bundles, which include options for a new FiOS TV Extreme service tier with more high-definition (HD) channels than the cable companies in the market, in addition to ultra-high-speed FiOS Internet service and reliable, unlimited local and long-distance calling. [Note: This announcement and others can be found at Verizon's online news center: http://newscenter.verizon.com/.]

To make the offer even sweeter, Verizon is offering a year's free use of either an HD DVR (digital video recorder) or an HD Home Media DVR to consumers who sign up for FiOS TV between now and Oct. 4. With Verizon's unique Home Media DVR, customers can use one DVR to record programming that can be watched on up to six other TV sets in the home. This includes viewing up to three separately recorded programs simultaneously on different TV sets, and the ability to pause recorded programming on one set and continue watching it on another. FiOS TV's Home Media DVR is bundled with Media Manager, a feature that allows customers to access photos and music from their personal computers and play them on their TV.

Verizon is also offering new FiOS TV customers, or existing customers who upgrade to a bundled package, one free month of HBO and Cinemax, which includes over 25 premium channels and access to hundreds of additional titles on VOD. New customers who take advantage of this offer will save between $200 and $260 the first year, depending upon the DVR customers choose.

"FiOS TV is the only service to consider if you want the ultimate HD experience," said Bob Driscoll, Verizon vice president of sales and marketing in New England. "With our increased number of HD channels, along with HD video-on-demand programming and our current HD DVR and premium movie promotion, we're blowing cable away."

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)

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