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The Most HD TV in North Jersey: FiOS TV Delivers 100 High-Definition Channels to New Jersey Consumers – on the Network Built for HD

August 12, 2008

NEWARK, N.J., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ — New Jersey consumers have yet another big reason to pull the plug on their disco-era cable TV company as Verizon announced Tuesday (Aug. 12) that it’s now offering 100 high-definition television channels to consumers in North Jersey. As a result of this major enhancement, Verizon is now offering consumers more HD than Comcast or Cablevision.

The new channel lineup will be offered to existing FiOS TV markets in northern New Jersey. Communities in the southern part of the state will see similar enhancements in the near future.

In addition, Verizon announced that consumers who sign up for FiOS TV between now and October 4 are eligible for a free DVR or multi-room DVR for 12 months. Verizon is also giving new FiOS TV customers or existing customers who upgrade to a package a free HBO and Cinemax package for the first month.

FiOS TV is delivered over the nation’s most advanced fiber-optic network straight to customers’ homes and businesses, providing stunning picture and sound quality, more HD and video-on-demand (VOD) choices, a broad spectrum of content diversity, and interactive features that create the ultimate home-entertainment experience.

“There’s HD on FiOS and then there’s everything else,” said Shawn Strickland, vice president of video solutions for Verizon. “The immense capacity of our advanced network means FiOS TV customers receive HD signals just as Verizon receives them, without the additional compression that some cable companies perform. This means stunning picture-and-sound quality that’s noticeably better, delivered on the network that’s made for HD.”

With 100 HD channels and 400 HD VOD titles offered each month, FiOS TV customers in the Northern New Jersey now have more than 500 HD choices available at any time. The company plans to increase its monthly HD VOD titles to more than 1,000 by year-end. In addition, Verizon will continue expanding its HD channel lineup and by year-end will offer all available major HD programming.

Customers in New Jersey who are FiOS TV-eligible can order FiOS TV by calling their local Verizon sales office or 888-438-3467 or visiting http://www.verizon.com/fiostv online. Customers in this market can bundle FiOS TV service with FiOS Internet service and the Verizon Freedom Essentials unlimited calling plan, with packages priced as low as $99.99 per month.

FiOS TV’s New HD Channels Span Wide Diversity of Content

“Verizon’s commitment to HD leadership is about more than just the large number of HD titles we offer; it’s also about picture quality and providing a wide diversity of content,” said Terry Denson, vice president — FiOS TV content and programming. “In New Jersey, FiOS is delivering an incredible range of programming that’s global in scope.”

FiOS TV customers in North Jersey will get to see their favorite channels in HD, including Animal Planet, TLC, FX, USA, Bravo, TBS, History Channel, Weather Channel, Science Channel, SCI FI and Smithsonian Channel.

For those who want the best in news, Verizon is adding CNN, CNBC, Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel in HD. Viewers who watch home and leisure programming can now enjoy QVC, the Travel Channel and Planet Green, while kids can enjoy their favorite shows on the Disney Channel and Toon Disney — all in HD.

In addition, movie buffs now can get 11 new channels from Cinemax and 13 new channels from HBO in HD plus FiOS TV’s Movie Package, which now includes 13 new HD channels from The Movie Channel, Starz and Showtime, including The Movie Channel Xtra, Starz Edge, Starz Comedy, Starz Kids and Family, Showtime, Showtime Showcase, Showtime Extreme and Showtime 2.

Sports fans will also get the best programming with four new HD sports channels:

   --  Big Ten Network, which features top college basketball and football       action.   --  Versus/Golf Channel, which features live events and original       programming from Versus as well as PGA Tour and additional golf       coverage.   --  Outdoor Channel 2, which provides programming that promotes       traditional outdoor activities like fishing, hunting and shooting       sports.   --  World Fishing Network, which provides recreational and sport fishing       enthusiasts with an entertaining and comprehensive lineup that covers       a wide range of programming.    New Standard-Definition Channels, Including Multicultural Content  

In addition to the new HD content, Verizon has launched seven new standard-definition channels in northern New Jersey. New content includes RFD TV, Reelz, Current TV, Veria TV, WAPA TV and more. Verizon also is now offering a new standard-definition sports channel with Setanta Sports, a premium channel dedicated to bringing European and International soccer and rugby to U.S.-based fans. Currently, no other cable provider offers Setanta.

Verizon also soon will offer New Jersey customers 14 new multicultural channels, including leading channels for Arabic, Portuguese and Russian audiences, among others. These new channels continue to make FiOS TV an outlet for emerging and independent networks to showcase their diverse programming.

This content comes from WorldTV, a division of content management and delivery company GlobeCast, which previously signed a distribution deal with Verizon for top-tier international channels. The new GlobeCast WorldTV international television channels include MBT (Arabic), RTPI (Portuguese) and RTR Planeta (Russian). In addition to the WorldTV content, Verizon will also offer Filipino channel GMA Pinoy TV.

Verizon is in the process of launching new content in each of its FiOS TV markets, with many new channels already available in Oregon and Indiana. During the next few months, Verizon will be rolling out new content, region by region, in areas where FiOS TV is available.

Verizon Communications Inc. , headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 69 million customers nationwide. Verizon’s Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation’s most advanced fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 228,600 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com/.

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