Verizon FiOS

Verizon FiOS TV Launches New Widget Featuring AP News and Photos

--Also Adds New Capabilities to the FiOS TV Media Manager
In a posting on a corporate blog, Wednesday, Verizon 's director of external communications, Bobbi Henson, announced that the company's FiOS TV service has replaced its existing Headline News interactive TV widget with a new widget featuring content from the Associated Press (AP) .

"When you activate the AP Widget, you can scan a variety of types of news stories on one part of your screen, while keeping your TV show in...

Verizon FiOS TV Launches Interactive TV Version of its In-Home Agent Customer Self-Help Tool

Verizon announced Monday that it has launched an interactive TV version of its In-Home Agent customer self-help tool on its FiOS TV platform (note: a PC version of the tool was launched this summer--see the article published on itvt.com, August 25th). According to the company, the new tool uses "the advanced FiOS network" to diagnose issues, report back to customers, and then quickly and automatically fix most problems. It is currently available on FiOS TV...

Comcast in "Exclusive" VOD Partnership with Shakira

--VOD Round-Up: HDNet on FiOS TV, Oasis TV on Cox and Charter, Ski Channel on RCN
Comcast announced Monday that it will today (Tuesday) launch an HD VOD collection showcasing music videos, biographical footage and live performances from Shakira , thanks to an exclusive partnership with the Colombian singer (note: the MSO also recently launched a similar exclusive HD VOD collection featuring singer, Taylor Swift-- see the article published on itvt.com, December 3rd ).

Content that will be available in the collection (which will be accessed by selecting...

Verizon FiOS TV Launches Interactive TV Caller ID Application

--Rolls Out New Interactive TV Services in New Jersey, Delaware, Philadelphia
Verizon announced last week that it has launched a Caller ID on TV application on its FiOS TV platform (note: the company comes relatively late to the caller ID on TV game: other pay-TV operators that offer such applications include AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH Network, Rogers and Time Warner Cable). The service, which is initially available to FiOS TV subscribers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Texas, is offered at no extra charge. It...

Verizon FiOS TV Launches NBA League Pass Interactive TV Widget

--FiOS TV Remote DVR App Now Available for 10 BlackBerry Models
--AT&T's U-verse TV IPTV Service Passes 2 Million Subscribers
Verizon announced Wednesday that it has launched an NBA League Pass interactive TV widget on its FiOS TV service . According to the company, the free widget allows viewers to order NBA League Pass, an NBA subscription package that provides up to 40 out-of-market live NBA games per week, via their remote control; and also provides them with instant access to headline news, player reports, game-time alerts and more. Once viewers have subscribed to NBA...

Widget Version of HSN's "Shop by Remote" Interactive TV App Launches on Verizon FiOS TV

--Features Special "Verizon FiOS Deal of the Day"
In a corporate blog posting, Wednesday, Verizon 's director of external communications, Bobbi Henson, announced that the company has partnered with home shopping network, HSN , to create a new widget version of the latter's Shop by Remote interactive TV application for the Verizon FiOS TV platform (note: Comcast has just announced the national roll-out of an EBIF version of Shop by Remote-- see the article in this issue ). The new widget will feature...

Verizon FiOS TV Rolls Out Interactive TV Features in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island

--The Features, Already Available in California and Texas, Are Enabled by Upgrade of the FiOS TV IMG
Verizon said Tuesday that it has rolled out various new interactive TV features and navigational shortcuts to customers of its FiOS TV service in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as part of an upgrade of its FiOS TV Interactive Media Guide (IMG). The new features, which are offered at no additional charge, have been available on Verizon systems in California and Texas for some time now, and Verizon says that it will roll them...

Verizon Launches Kodak Gallery Interactive TV Widget in its FiOS TV Widget Bazaar

--Also Launches ESPN Fantasy Football Widget as Part of Three-Screen Fantasy Football Offering
Verizon on Wednesday announced the launch of a free Kodak Gallery widget on its FiOS TV service's recently launched ( see the article published on itvt.com, July 15th ) Widget Bazaar applications marketplace. According to the company, the widget gives registered Kodak Gallery users instant access on the TV to photos and slideshows that they have stored on the online digital photo service, as well as to photos from family and friends that have been...

Verizon Launches NFL RedZone Interactive TV Widget

--Also Enables Customers to Order RedZone Channel through the Remote
Concurrently with the launch of the subscription-based NFL RedZone channel (offers live coverage of critical plays whenever any of the NFL's teams is inside its opponent's 20-yard line) on its FiOS TV service, Verizon has made available a free RedZone Widget in its recently launched FiOS TV Widget Bazaar applications marketplace. According to the company, the interactive TV widget, which is displayed on the right side of the screen and can also be viewed in...

Verizon FiOS TV to Offer More Premium VOD Programming in HD

Verizon announced Wednesday that it is adding more HD VOD premium programming to its FiOS TV VOD service. According to the company, FiOS TV customers who subscribe to HBO and Cinemax will soon be able to access new HBO and Cinemax HD VOD channels, each offering around 150 hours of programming--more HD VOD programming, Verizon claims, than HBO and Cinemax offer on any other operator's platform. In addition, Verizon says, it is expanding its FiOS...

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