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captain_video
11-01-2008, 10:11 AM
I just found out by accident that Verizon has updated their HD lineup in my area. They have a new plan called Extreme HD that's only $10 more per month than the basic Essentials plan and includes all of the following HD channels. Note that locals will vary depending on your location but the national channels should be good everywhere.

A

* A&E HD681

A&E HD
* ABC - WJLA HD507

ABC - WJLA HD
WJLA [ABC] HDTV
* ABC - WMAR HD512

ABC - WMAR HD
* ABC Family HD699

ABC Family HD
* Action Max HD924

Action Max HD
Action Max HD [East]
* Action Max HD925

Action Max HD
Action Max HD [West]
* Animal Planet HD630

Animal Planet HD
* At Max HD929

At Max HD

B

* Big Ten Network HD585

Big Ten Network HD
The Big Ten Network is a national channel devoted to Big Ten athletic and academic programs.
* bio: The Biography Channel HD629

bio: The Biography Channel HD
* Bravo HD685

Bravo HD

C

* CBS - WJZ HD513

CBS - WJZ HD
WJZ [CBS] HDTV
* CBS - WUSA HD509

CBS - WUSA HD
WUSA [CBS] HDTV
* Cinemax HD921

Cinemax HD
Cinemax HD [West]
* Cinemax HDTV920

Cinemax HDTV
* CNBC HD+602

CNBC HD+
* CNN HD600

CNN HD
* Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic HD576

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic HD
* CW - WNUV HD514

CW - WNUV HD
WNUV HD

D

* Discovery Channel HD620

Discovery Channel HD
* Disney Channel HD780

Disney Channel HD

E

* ESPN HDTV570

ESPN HDTV
ESPN’s HD programming provides the best quality sports broadcasts available, with a crystal-clear picture and CD-quality sound.
* ESPN U HD573

ESPN U HD
* ESPN2 HDTV574

ESPN2 HDTV
* ESPNews HD572

ESPNews HD

F

* Five Star Max HD930

Five Star Max HD
* Food Network HD664

Food Network HD



* FOX - WBFF HD510

FOX - WBFF HD
* FOX - WTTG HD505

FOX - WTTG HD
WTTG [FOX]
* Fox Business Network HD617

Fox Business Network HD
* Fox News HD618

Fox News HD
* FX HD553

FX HD

H

* Hallmark Movie Channel HD740

Hallmark Movie Channel HD
* HBO 2 HD902

HBO 2 HD
* HBO 2 HD903

HBO 2 HD
HBO 2 HD [West]
* HBO Comedy HD908

HBO Comedy HD
* HBO Comedy HD West909

HBO Comedy HD West
* HBO Family HD906

HBO Family HD
* HBO Family HD West907

HBO Family HD West
* HBO HD901

HBO HD
It’s an unparalleled viewing experience with a picture that is up to five times sharper than standard TV…It’s HBO HD. You can enjoy all the groundbreaking original HBO series and movies and top Hollywood hits presented in awe-inspiring detail.
* HBO HDTV899

HBO HDTV
It’s an unparalleled viewing experience with a picture that is up to five times sharper than standard TV…It’s HBO HD. You can enjoy all the groundbreaking original HBO series and movies and top Hollywood hits presented in awe-inspiring detail.
* HBO Latino HD East912

HBO Latino HD East
* HBO Latino HD West913

HBO Latino HD West
* HBO Signature HD904

HBO Signature HD
* HBO Signature HD West905

HBO Signature HD West
* HBO Zone HD910

HBO Zone HD
* HBO Zone HD West911

HBO Zone HD West
* HD Net569

HD Net
HDNet...Television Like You've Never Seen Before.
* HD Net Movies746

HD Net Movies
* HD Theater631

HD Theater
* HGTV HD665

HGTV HD
* History Channel HD628

History Channel HD

L

* Lifetime HD640

Lifetime HD
Lifetime HD [East]
* Lifetime Movie Network HD641

Lifetime Movie Network HD

M



* MAV TV HD598

MAV TV HD
* More Max HD922

More Max HD
More Max HD [East]
* More Max HD923

More Max HD
More Max HD [West]
* MPT-HD522

MPT-HD

N

* National Geographic Channel HD621

National Geographic Channel HD
* NBC - WBAL HD511

NBC - WBAL HD
WBAL [NBC] HDTV
* NBC - WRC HD504

NBC - WRC HD
WRC [NBC] HDTV
* NFL Network HD588

NFL Network HD

O

* Outdoor Channel HD591

Outdoor Channel HD
* OuterMax HD931

OuterMax HD

P

* Palladia HD711

Palladia HD
A music-television experience so vivid you'd swear you were there. Palladia: the state-of-the-art, high-definition channel that showcases the best in music, from today's biggest artists.
* PBS - WETA HD526

PBS - WETA HD
WETA [PBS] HDTV
* Planet Green HD668

Planet Green HD

Q

* QVC HD650

QVC HD

S

* Sci-Fi HD680

Sci-Fi HD
* Science Channel HD622

Science Channel HD
* Showtime 2 HD869

Showtime 2 HD
* Showtime 2 HD West870

Showtime 2 HD West
* Showtime Extreme HD873

Showtime Extreme HD
HD simul-cast of Showtime Three.
* Showtime Extreme HD West874

Showtime Extreme HD West
HD simul-cast of Showtime Extreme West
* Showtime HDTV865

Showtime HDTV
* Showtime HDTV West866

Showtime HDTV West
* Showtime Showcase HD867

Showtime Showcase HD
HD simul-cast of Showtime Showcase
* Showtime Showcase HD West868

Showtime Showcase HD West
HD simul-cast of Showtime Showcase West
* Smithsonian Channel HD625

Smithsonian Channel HD
* Speed HD583

Speed HD
* Starz Comedy HD847

Starz Comedy HD



* Starz Edge HD842

Starz Edge HD
* Starz HDTV840

Starz HDTV
* Starz Kids & Family HD845

Starz Kids & Family HD

T

* TBS in HD552

TBS in HD
TBS in HD is a simulcast of the East Coast feed of TBS SD
* Tennis Channel HD592

Tennis Channel HD
* The MGM Channel HD744

The MGM Channel HD
The MGM ChannelHG
* The Movie Channel HD West886

The Movie Channel HD West
* The Movie Channel Xtra HD887

The Movie Channel Xtra HD
HD simul-cast of The Movie Channel Xtra
* The Movie Channel Xtra HD West888

The Movie Channel Xtra HD West
* The Weather Channel HD619

The Weather Channel HD
* Thriller Max HD926

Thriller Max HD
Thriller Max HD [East]
* Thriller Max HD927

Thriller Max HD
Thriller Max HD [West]
* TLC HD639

TLC HD
* TMC HDTV885

TMC HDTV
* TNT HDTV551

TNT HDTV
* Toon Disney HD781

Toon Disney HD
* Travel Channel HD670

Travel Channel HD

U

* Universal HDTV567

Universal HDTV
Universal HD is available 24/7, in 1080i true HD and 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound. With Universal HD, viewers get a distinct HD channel with exclusive, award-winning blockbuster movies, record-breaking TV series and premier sporting events.
* USA HD550

USA HD

V

* VS. Golf HD590

VS. Golf HD

W

* Wealth TV HDTV669

Wealth TV HDTV
* WGN America HD568

WGN America HD
* WMAX HD928

WMAX HD
* World Fishing Network HD

I'm not sure what the "*" signifies because it's not displayed on the web page. I think it may represent the extra channels that are included with the new package. It appears that they are just duplicate listings of some channels but include the channel number. In any case, I now have 105 HD channels with FIOS plus a few extra HD channels I pick up with my OTA antenna. I believe there's only one show that I record that's not yet in HD with FIOS (Mad Men on AMC).

If you have their triple play bundled package (i.e., TV, phone, and internet) there are some extra benefits as well as a few caveats that you should be aware of when ordering this package. First and foremost is that they bump up your internet speed from 5/5 to 20/5 (download/upload speeds) at no extra cost so your download speeds are quadrupled. I don't know what they do if you already have a faster download speed setup so you should call and ask.

The caveats are this - they literally force you to take several packages on a trial basis. This includes Starz Play @ $5.99 per month (movie downloads via the net), Games on Demand/Family Place @ $7.99 per month (online gaming), and the Security and Backup Bundle with 5GB of online storage @ $8.99 per month. Some of these services only have a 2-week trial period whereas the others are for 30 days. If you don't want them you have to terminate the trial before the free period ends or get billed for them. You don't have any choice as to whether you want the trial period. You're stuck with it regardless. You also have to agree to the new service for a 1-year term but you get a bundled discount by doing so.

newbie
11-07-2008, 10:40 AM
http://www.dslreports.com/forum/vzfiostv
is a good source of information concerning FiOS.

In some markets those channels are included in the current packages. I suspect the issue is competition with Cablevision, first time Cablevision did anything that helped me.

captain_video
11-08-2008, 10:58 AM
The channel list I posted includes all HD channels that FIOS offers, many of which are included in the Essentials basic package. I didn't break out the new channels that are part of the HD Extreme package and list them separately so you'd have to compare the two lists to see what was added. I think it was around 15-20 new HD channels.

FYI - I called Verizon back a few days after signing up for HD Extreme and dropped the extra services they foisted upon me. There was no problem canceling the services but it was a waste of both my time and the CSR's for me to have to make two calls for something I never wanted in the first place.

We don't have Cablevision in my area but we do have Comcast. Verizon tends to make their changes on a national scale and not regionally, except when it comes to rolling out the changes on an area network.

newbie
11-09-2008, 05:14 PM
Verizon tends to make their changes on a national scale and not regionally, except when it comes to rolling out the changes on an area network.

which is why I provided the link which suggests this policy isn't being follwed: NY (and possible WA) will be including those stations in existing packages but customers in other markets will need to subscribe to Extreme HD to get the new channels.

jeanbreckman
01-30-2009, 02:08 AM
thanks for the link.