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Verizon FiOS Adds HDNet, Horse Gambling

Verizon appears to be steadily adding new channels to its new fiber optic (FiOS) TV service, adding to the line-up it began to offer a couple of weeks ago in the telco's first TV market near Dallas-Ft. Worth. Northern Virginia and suburban New York City are slated to get Verizon's FiOS TV by early 2006, with scores of markets to follow.

Verizon has signed on Mark Cuban's HDNet channel, as well as TV Guide Channel and TVG Network. HDNet's schedule of movies, documentaries, sports and talk shows will help spotlight HD fare via FiOS. (For HDNet's new fall highlights, see HD Notebook, Oct. 12, 2005). TV Guide Channel will provide Hollywood-based entertainment news, and programming schedules, similar to the newly formatted (and larger) TV Guide print version.

TVG Network is a horseracing network that allows viewers to bet on races interactively. Verizon is now running TV commercials in many markets, advertising the fact that it's currently hiring thousands of new workers who will be trained to install fiber optic cable, mostly in new housing communities.