FiOS enters the fray in the Big Apple


It's game on in the Big Apple. A war of words will end, and a showdown of TV distributors will kick off today.

Cable operators Time Warner Cable and Cablevision Systems, which have long dominated the nation's largest media market, and satellite TV providers will face new competition as Verizon will start selling its FiOS TV service here.

In May, the city granted Verizon a TV franchise, and the New York Public Service Commission confirmed it in mid-July. Verizon marketing executives will tout the FiOS TV service today in an event at Grand Central and lay out its rollout and pricing plans in detail.

Most cable and satellite players have admitted feeling at least some competitive pressure from FiOS TV, which as of the end of March had 1.2 million subscribers. (partialdiff)