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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Verizon: Number One in HD Content?

Our contact at Verizon wanted to make sure that we saw this latest high-def comparison conducted by the CNET folks. According to the latest review of what the major television providers are offering in the New York City area, Verizon has 83 channels available. In second place and third place are DISH Network and DirecTV, with 68 and 67 channels, respectively. The cable guys appear to be lagging behind. Time Warner Cable currently offers 51 channels, Cablevision offers 40, and Comcast offers 20. There is a handy grid that breaks out the local and national HD channels offered by these providers.

That's great for New York City, but what about the rest of the non-Yankee universe? Where's our high-def? Actually, as Verizon FiOS subscribers, we were pleasantly surprised by the recent notice that our programming and HD lineups will be expanded to include the Big Ten Network. Since we're square in the middle of Big 12 territory, this may not seem like a big deal. But for a couple of Midwestern ex-pats (University of Iowa and THE Ohio State University ... yeah, gotta play it like the Monday Night Football player introductions), this is a significant stuff. Here's the kicker, though. The channel lineup changes on October 8. That's halfway through the college football season!

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