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Verizon Previews FiOS Enhancements

by Employee on ‎08-20-2009 04:08 PM

Media Manager Main Menu FiOS TV.JPGWord is getting out that the Verizon FiOS is a whole lot different from old fashioned cable TV.  We’ve previously shared that point of view in a CNET article from a few weeks ago, and yesterday at a press demonstration in New York City, we showed even more FIOS developments .

Designed by Verizon from the ground up, the FiOS platform is being continuously updated.  Coming soon is an enhanced Interactive Media Guide that includes a feature that recommends new programs based on things you’ve viewed in the past; a “Featured on FiOS” movie poster display, offering the latest and most popular in video content; a movie rating system that stars your favorites and shows what other viewers liked as well; and easy one-click sign up for subscription channels among other upgrades.  (For those of you who’ve asked for more Guide information about individual programs, the enhanced IMG will have that too.)

We also wowed the crowd with something our engineers call “bidirectional sideloading.” For the rest of us, it means our Media Manager first searches for any devices on your home network connected by either USB or Wi-Fi that store multimedia, including video, photos and slideshows.  Then the system can display that material on your TV.  The devices can be anything from your cell phone to your PC.

You can easily show vacation pix, videos and slideshows on the best screen in the house.

Teams of Verizon engineers are working on improvements like these around the clock.  So watch here for the next developments.

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by bjdraw on ‎08-20-2009 04:59 PM

All these new features are great, but when are they going to address the most glaring older issues that make the HD DVR unusable?

 

I'll just name a few.

4x3 guide, give me a break,

160GB Hard drive, that wouldn't even hold a week of my shows.

Can't filter channels out of guide, or search.

by on ‎08-21-2009 11:03 AM

"For those of you who’ve asked for more Guide information about individual programs, the enhanced IMG will have that too."

 

Will guide information be more accurate as well?  Trying to record an entire season of a sports team, particularly baseball, is like pulling teeth...

by on ‎09-03-2009 08:44 AM

As has been previously stated numerous times, Media Manager is a WONDERFUL idea.  It's execution, however, is very poor.  The program is EXTREMELY picky about what media files it chooses to display/play through the DVR, picture quality is WAY below that of the actual files being streamed.  There seems to be little acknowledgement of these systemic persistent problems, nor any evidence of efforts to fix them, but always a LOT of hype about inroducing NEW features.

 

PLEASE FIX THE OLD FEATURES FIRST before focusing any resources on new features that will be equally buggy.

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Bob stays on top of developments and issues with Verizon’s Consumer and Mass Business segment from his home base in Florida. He has been involved with FiOS since it was first being developed and deployed in 2004.

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Alberto is in the public relations group. He loves to share tech, sustainability, feel-good, and random news of interest. A happy FiOS quad play customer, he likes to use his family as guinea pigs.

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Deidre is a member of the consumer PR team and loves to talk everything FiOS and everything football. She’s also a happy Triple Play customer.

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