Cablevision HD bonus to fight FiOS

Cablevision Systems will give customers another 15 free high-definition channels as it faces stiffer competition from satellite TV providers and Verizon. The cable operator said it would add mainstream HD channels including Discovery, Nickelodeon, FX, FOX News, AMC and The Weather Channel to its line-up from July 28, bringing its HD offering to 60 channels.

Cablevision said more than 1.1 million of its digital cable subscribers have at least one high-definition TV and HD-enabled set-top box.

Verizon, which is in a fierce battle for TV subscribers with Cablevision in New York’s Long Island, currently offers 30 HD channels on its FiOS TV service and said it would add another 30 in the next couple of months.

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