Verizon continues to roll out its high-definition video-on-demand (HD VOD) service, as Oregon was added to the list of states this week.
Verizon offers HD VOD where FiOS TV is available in California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia.
“As the popularity of high-definition programming continues to grow, we are delivering the best in HD content,” said Shawn Strickland, Verizon’s VP of video solutions. “With 10,000 titles each month, our overall video-on-demand library is the industry’s largest, and we plan to offer more than 1,000 high-definition video-on-demand titles each month by the end of the year.”
Verizon has nearly doubled the number of titles in its HD VOD library since launching the service in December (story here). Last month, it announced new HD VOD content from CBS, Discovery Channel, Music Choice, HDNet and Ovation TV (story here).
Other titles include a mix of free programs from a variety of sources, including instructional videos from HowCast, movies from FearNet and music programming from Blastro Music, as well as a number of recently released blockbuster movies.
Seventy percent of FiOS TV’s VOD titles each month, in both standard-definiton (SD) and HD, are free of charge to subscribers. By contrast, Comcast has more than 10,000 titles available for on-demand viewing each month, with 90 percent of those titles available for free.
Meanwhile, work is being done to expand Verizon’s high-speed Internet service to 23 additional western Massachusetts communities.
When completed, the DSL service will give Internet users the ability to download at speeds of up to 3 Mbps.
In February, Verizon announced a $200-million investment in broadband expansion in Massachusetts and its intent to offer DSL to the 23 communities (story here).
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