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VZ Beefs Up HD Lineup

PITTSBURGH -- Verizon FiOS TV is now even better for customers in the Pittsburgh area as the company has launched 23 new channels, including 18 additional high-definition (HD) channels.

With this enhancement to the FiOS TV lineup, Verizon now offers consumers more HD channels than Comcast.

FiOS TV customers in the Pittsburgh area now have more than 440 HD choices available at any time, with a total of 45 HD channels and more than 400 HD video-on-demand (VOD) titles offered each month. 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.

To make the offer even sweeter, Verizon announced Tuesday (Aug. 12) that consumers who sign up for FiOS TV between now and Oct. 4 are eligible for a year's free use of either an HD DVR (digital video recorder) or an HD Home Media DVR. 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.

"FiOS TV is the only service to consider if you want the ultimate HD experience," said Phil Brown, Verizon vice president of marketing for Pennsylvania and Delaware. "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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