Verizon challenges DirecTV as HDTV leader

DirecTV continues to offer the most HD channels of any pay TV provider throughout the US, but Verizon is catching up quickly with its FiOS TV service, according to analysis by market research provider Pike & Fischer.

In a new report, HDTV Service Comparison, P&F finds that as of January 2009, DirecTV was offering as many as 104 channels in HD. But that only beats Verizon’s HD menu by one channel.

Comcast, the largest cable operator in the US, has one of the smallest selections of HD channels, according to the study. Comcast in some markets is offering less than 40 HD channels, although the company’s marketing focuses on its large selection of HD movies, TV shows and other content available on demand.

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