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Verizon FiOS enters city with mixed bag for sports fans

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I can't believe I'm diving into this muck voluntarily - especially with Cablevision buying Newsday any minute now - but duty calls:

Verizon FiOS' TV service will begin to become available in parts of New York City starting today, putting the company in competition mostly with Time Warner, the dominant cable carrier in Big Town.

So what are the implications for sports fans?

The basics: Verizon offers the NFL Network, which Time Warner (and Cablevision) do not. (It also has Setanta Sports, which is big for fans of soccer and rugby and such.)

But unlike Time Warner, Verizon does not have the premium, out-of-market services for the three major sports other than football - Extra Innings, League Pass and Center Ice. (No one other than DirecTV has the NFL's Sunday Ticket.)

Verizon offers a bunch of stuff in HD, but not Cablevision's MSG or MSG Plus. Verizon has complained about not having access to those channels in HD.

(Cablevision also keeps adding HD channels, and does not charge for an HD box!)

That's all. If I got anything wrong here, Cablevision or Time Warner p.r. will let me know, I'm sure.

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