Verizon Eyes End of FiOS Analog

Verizon is phasing out some duplicate local analog channels on its FiOS TV service. Until now, Verizon has provided these duplicate channels to allow digital subscribers to view some limited programming in an analog format without using a set-top box.

The company also has a small number of customers who subscribe to a service that solely offers these duplicate analog channels. Verizon said it will keep these customers online by providing them with a free digital adapter.

“As we phase out our local analog simulcasts this year, we want to make sure that our small number of affected customers can continue receiving this programming on sets they are using without a set-top box,” said Michelle Minus Swittenberg, Verizon vice president of sales and marketing for the New York region. “We’re reaching out to those customers now to help them get their free converter box from us so they can enjoy high-quality digital programming on every set in the home.”

The free box would be furnished as long as customers continue to receive the service, a Verizon spokeswoman said. The switch to a box also allows the company a chance to convince customers to upgrade to more programming and features.

Verizon will phase out the analog channels on a regional basis, starting in New York April 21. It expects to end the analog programming across the country by the end of the year.