Verizon Communications will cease analog transmission of local broadcast stations to FiOS TV subscribers in New Jersey on June 2, as the telco continues its commitment to convert to all-digital operation.
Verizon last year told the Federal Communications Commission it would eliminate analog channels prior to the Feb. 17, 2009, switchover to all-digital over-the-air TV broadcasts, in order to receive a temporary waiver of the FCC’s ban on set-tops with integrated security.
Verizon had provided the analog simulcasts to let subscribers watch local TV broadcasts without using a set-top box.
To continue to receive service on analog television sets, FiOS TV customers will need to install a Verizon-supplied set-top box. Only TVs with a built-in digital QAM tuner will not need a set-top box to receive programming.
Verizon will provide customers one Motorola DCT700 box at no charge; each additional DCT700 is $3.99 per month. The box doesn’t provide access to FiOS TV’s advanced services such as video-on-demand and on-screen programming guide.