Friday, November 2, 2007

Verizon adding 120 HD Channels

Verizon plans to increase from 30 HD channels today to 150 HD channels by the end of 2008 on its FiOS TV IPTV service. By the spring of 2008, the company expects to have 60 HD channels. Its Home Media DVR will be able to record HD programming and then play them on any TV in the home connected to the FiOS TV service.

Verizon FiOS TV currently offers the following HD national channels: TNT HD, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, NFL Network HD, HD Net, HD Net Movies, Universal HD, Discovery HD Theater, Wealth TV HD, National Geographic Channel HD, MHD, Food Network HD, HGTV HD, Lifetime Movie Network HD and A&E HD. It also offers local broadcast channels in high definition and HD premium channels, including HBO HD, Cinemax HD, Showtime HD, TMC HD and Starz HD.

This shows that HD will become the standard method for watching TV in the U.S. over the next couple of years. The general availability of inexpensive HD sets will cause the rest of the world to follow before much longer.

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