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Verizon Accelerates FiOS TV Service Growth

Jan 27, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Verizon Communications said today that customer growth for its FiOS television service accelerated for the second straight quarter as the second-largest U.S. telephone company behind AT&T boosted availability of its fiber-optic TV product by almost 60%.
Verizon’s FiOS added 303,000 customers during the fourth quarter, compared with the addition of 233,000 in the third quarter and 176,000 new subscribers in the second quarter.
FiOS had 1.9 million customers as of the end of the year, doubling its base in 2008.
FiOS is the biggest brand in a fiber-optic TV industry that is forecast to pull customers from both cable and satellite companies during the next few years. Between now and 2013, the number of U.S. cable subscribers will be little changed, at about 64 million, while the satellite subscriber base will expand about 8% to 33.4 million, consultant SNL Kagan said in September. However, the number of subscribers to telephone company-provided video will jump fivefold to more than 11 million by 2013, SNL Kagan said.
AT&T’s U-verse boosted its customer base by 232,000 in the third quarter to bring its total to 781,000. The company reports its fourth-quarter earnings tomorrow.
FiOS, started in September 2005, had a nine-month head start on U-verse, although the services don’t directly compete because of AT&T and Verizon’s regional exclusivity. Verizon said earlier this month that FiOS, which is available to more than 9 million customers, included more than 100 channels available in high definition for all of its markets.
No. 2 U.S. cable company Time Warner Cable reports earnings next week while cable leader Comcast, which has about 25 million subscribers, reports next month.

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