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Verizon to Launch FiOS TV in NYC on Monday

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Verizon will start selling FiOS TV in New York City on Monday. The announcement will be made at a glitzy ceremony at the Grand Central Station, and will be webcast as well. NYC had granted Verizon a television franchise in May, and the franchise was confirmed by the New York Public Service Commission on July 16. The company today announced that it was getting into offering web video on its set-top boxes.

On the FiOS NYC announcement, this move should turn the heat on Time Warner Cable which is finally going to see some aggressive competition in its home market. It would need to not only increase broadband speeds, it would need to give consumer a reason to stay with them for cable TV.

11 Responses to “Verizon to Launch FiOS TV in NYC on Monday”

  1. Dean: Verizon’s $99 static-IP service (aimed at businesses, but available residentially) is actually terrific for server apps. I don’t know if it’s a terms-of-service violation, but it works great. And, in any event, Time Warner Cable’s residential TOS doesn’t permit server apps either.

  2. @NYC, most of Manhattan is Time Warner, with some areas getting RCN.

    In Brooklyn and Queens, Time Warner is still the dominant one, though for example Cablevision is available for me now. Cablevision has most of Long Island and New Jersey suburbs.

    I couldn’t be more excited for this. I really want the multi-room DVR in particular, but at the very least if this drives down prices and/or increases service levels on the woeful TWC I would be very happy.

    That said, the FIOS Internet side of things has been “coming soon” to my neighborhood in Brooklyn for 2 years :)

  3. Get ready to see more of those inane “the fiber” ads from Time Warner – as they try to hang on to the thousands of customers they will surely be losing to Verizon FiOS. Competition will be a nice change of pace in Manhattan (for those who are connected anyway).

    Do you know what time this “ceremony” will take place at Grand Central?