Man, this is just downright eerie. If you'll recall, AT&T managed to add 232,000 net U-verse subscribers
in Q3. Lo and behold, its biggest fiber rival (that'd be Verizon) added 233,000 net new FiOS TV
customers in the same quarter. Coincidences aside, Verizon's pretty proud of its current position
in the market, now claiming 1.6 million FiOS TV subscribers and offering the service for sale to 8.2 million premises in the United States. Just for comparisons sake, the outfit only had 700,000 subs at the end of Q3 2007, and it added just 176,000 newcomers in Q2 2008. In related news, it also managed to acquire 225,000 net new FiOS internet customers, and with cable companies jacking up
rates left and right
, we wouldn't be shocked at all to see even more frustrated pay-TV users make the leap to fiber in Q4.
*Verizon is currently in the process of acquiring AOL, Engadget's parent company. However, Engadget maintains full editorial control, and Verizon will have to pry it from our cold, dead hands.