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Widget Wednesday: Looking Back at 2009

by Employee ‎12-30-2009 11:11 AM - edited ‎12-30-2009 11:16 AM

USE THIS NEW 1.JPGIt's the last Widget Wednesday of the year.  Looking back, I'd say 2009 was "The Year of Interactivity" for FiOS TV.


We now offer more than a dozen Widgets that integrate FiOS TV with the Web and let our customers interact with their TVs in a way that's unmatched by any competitor.


It's hard to believe, but we introduced our first two Widgets - traffic and weather reports - back in mid-2006.  Customers could check real-time weather and traffic information on their TV screens without interrupting their programming - on demand with one click of the remote.  Cable had nothing like it.  And we delivered a new kind of home entertainment experience that's grown richer and more interactive ever since.


Weather now includes radar imagery and long-term forecasts that can be customized by your choice of locations.  Traffic in New York features local street cam views.  Our pro basketball, football and fantasy football Widgets put viewers in instant contact with the latest stats, news and more for their favorite teams.  You can buy merchandise with a click of the remote through our HSN Widget and view and share photos with KODAK Gallery.  You can relax with a casual game, or check your horoscope.  And you're always seconds away from the latest news headlines, stories and photos with the AP.


In 2009 new, groundbreaking Facebook and Twitter Widgets took FiOS TV viewers into the social media world, creating entirely new ways to connect with others while watching TV.  Every day, customers log onto Facebook and Twitter via FiOS TV, expanding their online lives beyond their computers to the biggest screens in their homes.


In 2010, the sky's the limit when it comes to Widgets.  Our Widget Bazaar open development platform will support the creation of even more interactive capabilities from Verizon and others.  I can't reveal details, but some things to look out for are more new ways to shop and do business locally, and new Widgets that let viewers interact with their favorite programs. 


So, you might want to start some thumb exercises to get into shape for more Widgets.  What new Widgets would you like to see next year?



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by thetick on ‎12-31-2009 12:06 AM

Adding traffic cameras from LI, Downstate NY and NJ would be great.

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