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Verizon Tunes In With IPTV

Verizon Communications Inc. on Thursday started selling its Internet TV service, marking the start of the telecommunication company's head-to-head competition with cable and satellite TV operators.

New York-based Verizon opened for business first in Keller, Texas, a city 30 miles west of Dallas, and plans to gradually expand into other cities.

Verizon is the first of the big four telecommunications companies to make a major launch of Internet-based television, called IPTV. Verizon is building ultra-fast fiber connections to homes in half of the 29 states where it offers telephone service.

Called Fios TV, the service offers more than 180 digital video and music channels for $39.95 a month, Verizon said. More than 20 of the channels are in high definition.

In addition, the company is offering 600 video-on-demand titles and plans to expand the offering to 1,800 titles by the end of the year. Verizon's biggest content providers include Showtime Networks Inc., NBC Universal Cable and A&E Television Networks.

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