Verizon's adding some juice to its triple- and quad-play FiOS TV bundles in the state of Florida, offering Bucs fans its new 500GB QIP7232 multiroom DVR from Motorola for free (normally $19.99) as long as they'll sign up for home phone and maybe mobile phone service as well. The discount applies as long as customers hang onto the bundled service which ranges from $99.99 to $129.99, plus any mobile service charges. Combine this with the still-being-previewed software upgrade to turn on a new UI, multiroom DVR browsing and external storage, and while it probably won't cause anyone to toss a Media center setup or TiVo Premiere aside, it's certainly worth a look if you were already considering bundling services anyway. Check the press release after the break.

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New FiOS TV Customers in Florida Can Now Enjoy a Higher-Capacity Multi-Room DVR Free for as Long as They Wish

Customers Can Watch Shows on Their Schedule, From any TV in the House
News Release ShareThis

TAMPA, Fla. – March 21, 2011 –

Five years after introducing the multi-room DVR to customers in the Tampa Bay region, Verizon's FiOS is once again taking the initiative by offering a lifetime of free DVR service.

Now for a limited time, new FiOS customers choosing either a triple- or quad-play bundle can also choose to lock in a higher-capacity multi-room DVR, free of charge, for as long as they maintain their FiOS bundle. The price for the multi-room DVR typically runs $19.99 per month. The new DVR boxes provide 500 gigabytes of hard-drive capacity, with the ability to store more than three times more programming than the previous DVR offered with FiOS and approximately 60 hours of HD-specific programming. The multi-room DVR supports viewing of recorded content on up to seven TVs in one house, up to three of them simultaneously.

"This offer gives people with multiple TVs the opportunity to control their home entertainment from the household or from anywhere," said Michelle Robinson, Verizon's Southeast region president. "The multi-room DVR allows you to store the FiOS programming you like and watch it from any room in the house that has a TV and set-top box. Using the My Verizon site, you can schedule recordings remotely through any broadband connection or use our Mobile Apps with your smart phone to schedule your programming.

"And the value doesn't stop there. We're offering more than triple the Internet speeds and more TV channels with our triple-play bundles than we offered five years ago - without ever increasing the starting price of the bundles. Add in Flex View, a robust sports platform, Widgets providing everything from social media applications to shopping, and a superior TV picture - not to mention the fastest Internet available - and choosing Verizon's FiOS becomes the smart choice for the best home-entertainment options," Robinson said.

Bundles range in price from $99.99 per month to $129.99 per month for triple plays. Quad-play bundle pricing is dependent on the Verizon Wireless calling plan chosen but starts by adding $39.99 to the FiOS bundle price for a 450-minute calling plan. Triple-play bundles are available with a two-year term or on a month-to-month basis as a part of Verizon's Worry-Free Guarantee. Verizon Wireless calling plans require a two-year term contract.

All prices represent base pricing; taxes and fees are not included, nor are discretionary choices like premium channel packages or additional set-top boxes. Other offers, including a Verizon Visa® prepaid card worth up to $100, may be selected if a customer is not interested in the multi-room DVR.

FiOS offers a broad collection of programming on TV, with more than 520 all-digital channels including 141 HD channels in its Florida lineup and 19,000 monthly video-on-demand titles. FiOS also provides next-generation interactive services including an advanced interactive media guide; social networking, news and entertainment widgets; remote DVR management via broadband or cell phone; and more.

In addition to the Worry-Free Guarantee, Verizon provides its residential customers with access to an industry-leading inventory of service tools to use via the company's intelligent networks, creating multiple options for consumers and allowing them to choose how, when and where they want service access. To help customers understand the various service options available to them every day - both traditional and self-driven tools -- Verizon produces an Online Interactive Brochure providing a directory of service features and instructions on how to use them. The Interactive Brochure helps customers make the best choice for the service they need and is continually revised as more online service tools are added or updated.

For the latest news, updates and information about Verizon and FiOS TV, visit www.verizon.com/newscenter, http://www.verizon.com/athomeblog and the Verizon Florida website at www.verizon.com/about/community/fl.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 94.1 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 194,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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