“That’s absolutely untrue,” Comcast spokeswoman Alana Davis told us, saying the MSO offers 17K VOD titles and up to 18K titles in some markets.
Verizon said it based its statements on a recent news release in which Comcast boasted of more than 10K VOD programs and 1K HD VOD choices. “I’m surprised that Comcast wouldn’t talk about these new numbers in their PR and advertising. We make sure to let our customers know when we’re adding more to their service,” a Verizon spokesperson said, adding that the telco has 18K VOD titles in every market.
FiOS offerings include more than 2400 monthly VOD programs in HD. Davis said Comcast has more than 2600 HD VOD titles, and said 642 of Verizon’s HD titles are how-to videos. Verizon’s rep defended the how-to titles, saying its Howcast Website has received more than 20mln hits in a month.