Consumers in Murrieta Can Experience Better Television Technology;
New Service Offering Provides More Competitive Choice and Greater Value
MURRIETA, Calif., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Some 80,000 additional Southern
California customers here can now get the superior picture quality and program
choice of Verizon's FiOS TV, as Murrieta today joined Beaumont as the first
markets in California for the new fiber-optic television service.
Verizon is the only company to offer, on a mass scale, all-digital fiber-
optic communications all the way to the customer. FiOS TV, delivered on this
superior network, was first offered in California three weeks ago. It is also
available in Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, New York and Virginia.
"FiOS TV gives Murrieta consumers an outstanding, superior alternative for
their video entertainment," said Tim McCallion, Pacific region president.
"Customers who liked what FiOS did for their Internet connection will love
what it does for their TV. We've harnessed the speed and capacity of fiber-
based broadband with the power of broadcast to create a revolutionary, new
Service highlights include:
- A broad collection of all-digital programming and compelling consumer
choice -- with more than 350 total channels and more on the way.
- A lead offer with more than 180 digital video and music channels, for
$34.95 a month with Verizon FiOS Internet Service or a qualifying voice
plan or $39.95 as a stand-alone service.
- More than 20 high-definition channels, with extraordinary clarity and
- Over 2,200 On Demand titles available to customers now, increasing to
over 3,500 titles in the next several months.
- Channels grouped by genres such as entertainment, sports, news,
shopping, movies and family, making it easy for audiences to find their
- An easy-to-use interactive programming guide that integrates HD
programming, On Demand content and the digital video recorder along with
broadcast television into a seamless user experience.
- A dual-tuner, HD-capable DVR that gives customers the freedom to pause
and rewind live TV, record one show while watching another, and fast
forward to their favorite part of the program - all without a VCR, tapes
Information on packages and prices is available at http://www.verizon.net/fiostv
Murrieta- and Beaumont-area customers also can call 1-800-880-2943 to see if
they're able to order FiOS TV.
Verizon obtained a local video franchise in Murrieta in September and is
currently in negotiations with more than 15 other communities in California to
obtain additional franchises. Under current state law, potential competitors
to the incumbent cable-TV operators must obtain video franchises in each
community they seek to serve.
Delivered over Verizon's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, FiOS TV is
designed to be a formidable competitor to cable and satellite. The Verizon
FTTP network, the largest of its kind in the country, is currently under
construction in more than half the states where the company offers landline
communications services, including more than 30 California communities. The
network brings the power and capacity of fiber optics directly into people's
homes and has industry-leading quality and reliability. Fiber delivers
amazingly sharp pictures and sound, and has the capacity to transmit a wide
array of high-definition programming that is so clear and intense it seems to
leap from the TV screen. It also delivers Internet download speeds of up to
30 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of up to 5 Mbps as well as
high-quality voice services.
Programming choices for Latino, African-American, Asian, Russian and other
multicultural audiences are available in every market. Because FiOS TV has so
much capacity, it is an outlet for emerging and independent networks to
showcase their diverse programming.
(More information about FiOS TV and fiber optics is available in Verizon's
online News Center at http://www.verizon.com/news
Service and Package Details
FiOS TV subscribers can choose from three simple-to-understand service
offerings, each with built-in choice and value. They can then choose from
packages and premium channels with programming that meets their special
interests. Verizon offers three set-top boxes: standard definition for $3.95
per month; high definition, which includes HD channels, for $9.95 per month;
and a dual-tuner, HD-capable digital video recorder for $12.95 per month.
The services include:
- Basic, with access to 15-35 local broadcast weather and community
channels for $12.95 per month. The service is digital with a set-top
box, which also provides access to On Demand programming. Basic is also
available as an analog service that does not require a set-top box for
- Expanded Basic, Verizon's lead offer, delivers more than 180 video and
music channels for $34.95 a month with Verizon FiOS Internet Service or
a qualifying voice plan. This tier includes access to On Demand content
and requires a set-top box. High-definition channels are included in
this tier at no extra charge, and customers must have an HD set-top box
and an HD-ready TV to view them.
- La Conexion, an alternative to Expanded Basic service designed for
bilingual consumers who enjoy TV programs in English and Spanish, for
$27.95 per month with Verizon FiOS Internet Service or a qualifying
voice plan. La Conexion is also available as a stand-alone service for
$32.95 per month. The package includes nearly 140 channels with English
and Spanish-language programming and access to On Demand programming.
This service requires a set-top box. HD channels are included in this
tier at no extra charge, and customers must have an HD set-top box and
an HD-ready TV to view them.
Verizon FiOS TV customers who sign up for 12 months of Expanded Basic or
La Conexion will receive additional discounts through a newly instituted
annual savings agreement. FiOS TV customers will have the choice of receiving
$5 off the monthly Movie Package price for an annual savings of $60. Or,
customers can waive the monthly standard set-top box fee of $3.95 -- an annual
savings of $47.40.
Consumers with a passion for movies can add the movie package with 44
channels of Starz, Encore, Showtime, The Movie Channel, Sundance and Flix, as
well as 255 titles of On Demand programming, for a regular price of $11.95 a
month. Sports enthusiasts can add a 15-channel sports package for $5.95 a
month. Or, both packages can be purchased for $14.95 a month. In addition to
the movie package, customers with a set-top box can order new, On Demand movie
releases for $3.95 each or choose from a selection of movie library titles for
For wrestling fans, Verizon offers World Wrestling Entertainment's WWE
24/7, a subscription On Demand service, for $7.95 a month. Karaoke fans can
sing along at home with a subscription to the Karaoke package for $7.95 a
Verizon also offers 14 HBO channels and 12 Cinemax channels as premium
services, with each set of channels available for $14.95. The price includes
access to each channel's subscription On Demand library. Subscribers who want
both HBO and Cinemax will pay $24.95 per month.
The value of FiOS TV extends to the installation and customer support.
Specially trained Verizon technicians will install the service and acquaint
subscribers with FiOS TV features and services. Verizon is waiving the
installation fee for up to three existing TV outlets, and there is no charge
to install a needed optical network terminal at the subscriber's home.
Charges for other installation services, such as additional outlets, may
apply. Verizon provides 24x7 technical assistance by phone from its Fiber
Solutions Centers in Oxnard and other cities.