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August 11, 2009

Verizon FiOS TV Broadens its Content Offerings

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Verizon has expanded its video on demand (VOD) programming and has offered more home-entertainment choices to its customers. FiOS (News - Alert) TV's newest VOD content comes from AMC.

Verizon’s FiOS TV is America's largest and fastest-growing 100 percent fiber-optic network. The fiber-optic access it provides offers best picture quality around, more than 100 HD channels, over 500 all digital channels and Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Customers have the option of choosing from convenient plans or customizing their own package. The technicians of the company will set up the client’s entire home network, at no charge.

Customers can now watch classic and contemporary Disney movies and animated shorts from Disney Family Movies. They can also watch the AMC hit show "Mad Men," and shop any time with HSN. Also, new-release films from 20th Century Fox will now be available in HD on FiOS TV. The company also offers other new VOD programming: Spanish-language shows from Univision, TeleFutura and Galavision.

“Video on Demand is a great entertainment option for people who are cutting expenses by going out less often, or for anyone who simply wants the convenience of watching whatever they want, whenever they want," said Tricia Lynch, director of Video on Demand programming at Verizon (News - Alert), in a release. "FiOS TV's ever-growing roster of VOD choices gives our subscribers more entertainment options, and our latest programming additions are great for everyone.”

Now, FiOS TV also provides Disney Family Movies as well as animated shorts from The Walt Disney Studios. New release titles from 20th Century Fox are also now available on FiOS TV in high definition. Univision Communications makes Spanish language content available to the customers.

In January this year, TMCnet reported that revenue growth from FiOS based services is growing faster. Also, the company is getting higher average revenue per user and witnessing lower churn. The company is seeing lower operating costs and therefore headcount requirements. Verizon also is getting the operating cost benefits it has been projecting.

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Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard