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Displaying articles for: October 2009

Welcome to Verizon in Your Community Blog

by Employee ‎10-31-2009 11:20 AM - edited ‎10-30-2009 01:11 PM

earthinabox.jpgThere's a new blog on the block -- Verizon in Your Community. There's a lot happening in the communities Verizon services and the idea of this blog is to keep you updated with a focus on philanthropy and green initiatives. The bloggers are Patrick Gaston, president of the Verizon Foundation, and James Gowen, Verizon's chief sustainability officer. Verizon in Your Community has been up for about a week, so this welcome is overdue. Read more...

Cliff Lee, a Yankees fan??

by Employee ‎10-30-2009 09:31 AM - edited ‎11-01-2009 03:49 PM

Two CliffsAs you might have noticed, we’re a little baseball obsessed around here, but none more so that Media Relations staffer, ah, Cliff Lee. Poor guy is a Yankees fan, and, yep, he has the same name as the Phillies’ #1 pitching ace. As the NY Daily News noted, being a Yankees fan can be a problem for a guy named Cliff Lee. Read more...

All Treats, No Tricks: Paperless Billing Sweepstakes Ends on Halloween

by Employee ‎10-29-2009 09:54 PM - edited ‎11-23-2009 09:30 AM

Get your Green OnFor the last three months, we've been running a sweepstakes around here to encourage customers to help the environment and save on household clutter by choosing electronic bills rather than paper bills sent in the mail. For those that take the time to go to www.verizon.com/gogreen or log into their Verizon account at www.myverizon.com, there is the chance to enter and maybe win a 2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid and other prizes. So far, nearly 150,000 customers have made the switch to the Verizon paperless bill. Read more...

Happy Red October

by Employee ‎10-29-2009 03:14 PM - edited ‎10-29-2009 03:16 PM

fiosbaseballTonight, game two. I know that I've blogged on the Yankees before, and when it's the regular season, and we're watching the American league, I'm all for the Yanks. But I won't deny that I'm from the City of Brotherly Love, and so when it's the Phils and the Yanks in the World Series, I have to be a die-hard Phillies fan. This is in the interest of full disclosure. Which brings me to last night and the great pitching by both teams, but also a solid 6-1 win for the guys the New York Post was mocking just the other day. It was crystal clear, ahem, FiOS clear on my television screen.... Read more...

Widget Wednesday: Twitter Update

by Employee ‎10-28-2009 11:32 AM - edited ‎10-28-2009 12:08 PM

Widget Wednesday LogoIt's Widget Wednesday and we've got a great new enhancement for Twitter, which is proving to be among the most popular FiOS TV Widgets. With our Twitter Widget, we heard from many of you who wanted an easier way to switch back and forth from Tweeting to full screen TV viewing mode. You got it. Read more...

EPIX Debuts this Weekend with a Free Preview Exclusively on FiOS TV

by Employee ‎10-28-2009 09:39 AM - edited ‎10-28-2009 09:42 AM

EpixLogo.pngFiOS TV subscribers will be the first in line when the new blockbuster EPIX channel debuts this weekend. As I've said here, we're excited to be the only provider to offer EPIX. Well, the time has come, and the new EPIX channel goes live on FiOS TV Friday. From Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. through Sunday, Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m., FiOS TV customers can check out the premium channel free of charge. Read more...

It’s Good to Be No.1…again….

by Employee ‎10-28-2009 09:13 AM - edited ‎10-28-2009 10:24 AM

large_trophy.jpgEarlier this month, we mentioned that our TV service, FiOS TV, was rated No. 1 in customer satisfaction in the East in J.D. Power and Associates' annual TV service survey. Now, results from the J.D. Power Internet satisfaction survey are in, and, the envelope please.... Read more...

Good News, America!

by Employee on ‎10-27-2009 03:30 PM

ColbertI trust I don't have to explain what "The Colbert Report" is. (OK, the satirical news show with host Stephen Colbert is one of the highest rated on Comedy Central, thanks to Colbert's portrayal of a self-important political commentator.) Anyway, now, the "mayor of truthiness" is posting the "The Colbert Report in :60," a one-minute online video that you can grab and put on your Web page, blog or social profile. Sponsored by Verizon, the video recaps the previous night's episode of "The Colbert Report." It's an easy way to catch up on the show and share the latest with friends. Read more...

ZDNet Interviews Verizon’s Shadman Zafar

by Employee ‎10-26-2009 10:58 AM - edited ‎10-26-2009 10:58 AM

shadmanzafar.jpgLately, Shadman Zafar has been thinking a lot about how TV and the Web are coming together. Shadman leads our Rapid Product Development effort, pulling together great ideas for FiOS and FiOS TV. He was recently interviewed by the technology Web site ZDNet, and as usual Shadman had a lot to say about interactive TV and the creative process here at Verizon. You can watch the entire interview here. If you like the latest FiOS TV Widgets, you can thank Shadman's team. Read more...

Scare Up Some VOD Fun for Halloween

by Employee ‎10-26-2009 10:36 AM - edited ‎10-26-2009 10:38 AM

scarypumpkinthumb.JPGHalloween is just around the corner, so how about a scary movie? There's a good collection on Verizon's FiOS TV Video on Demand (VOD) - "Scare Fest." Through the end of the month, you can find more than 100 of your favorite scary movies all together in the "Scare Fest" VOD folder. Don't want to be that scared? Nearly two dozen G-rated and PG-rated movies featuring your kids' favorite ghosts, ghouls and goblins are in the "Trick or Treat Kids" VOD folder. Read more...

Verizon Leads Cable in VOD. Period.

by Employee ‎10-23-2009 01:50 PM - edited ‎10-23-2009 01:56 PM

OnDemandSMALL.JPGI guess it's no surprise. When we said the other day that we have twice the number of VOD titles publicized by the nation's largest cable company, they didn't like our pointing that out. We announced the continued expansion of our robust FiOS TV Video on Demand library to more than 18,000 titles in every FiOS market. We noted that's nearly double the number of 10,000 titles advertised by Comcast in their own press releases. So Comcast was quick to take umbrage in Multichannel News. "We've got 18,000 VOD titles in Philadelphia!" they cry. (One market, and not surprising, it's their corporate backyard.) "We have more HD in certain markets!" they say. (Wonder how many and where because they didn't specify.) And, of course, they dusted off their tired, old claim that the HD content we offer from Howcast is somehow irrelevant and not of interest to customers. Read more...

Verizon Continues Push for MSG HD Channels

by Employee ‎10-23-2009 12:56 PM - edited ‎10-23-2009 01:08 PM

Hockey Player Verizon is again calling on the federal government to step in and force Cablevision to do the right thing and make the MSG channels it owns available in HD to FiOS TV viewers. Verizon VP Terry Denson testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee that "...Congress should adopt a narrow legislative fix to address this demonstrated problem by preventing cable incumbents and their affiliates from denying competitors access to the unique regional sports programming that consumers demand." Here's a link to Terry's testimony. Read more...

Latest Widget Gives a Closer View of NYC Traffic

by Employee ‎10-22-2009 10:44 AM - edited ‎10-23-2009 12:41 PM

NYC311 Widget LogoBeen driving in New York City lately? If you're like me and you travel around the city, then you understand that it"s not unusual to find tie-ups and bottlenecks throughout the five boroughs, at seemingly all hours of the day and night. Now a new FiOS Widget can help. It shows live camera views of major NYC road conditions on your TV, and we're introducing it this week for Verizon customers in the NYC Metro area who have FiOS TV and Internet. Read more...

Ivan Seidenberg’s SUPERCOMM Speech

by Employee on ‎10-21-2009 04:08 PM

ivan.jpgVerizon Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg today (Oct. 21) gave a keynote address at the SUPERCOMM2009 industry conference in Chicago. He talked about the private investment and technological progress that have made today's communications market "one of the most dynamic and innovative" ever. You can read excerpts from the speech at Verizon's PolicyBlog and the complete text of the speech here. Read more...

Verizon In-Home Agent Gets Even Smarter

by Employee ‎10-21-2009 10:49 AM - edited ‎11-09-2009 11:09 AM

Almost all of us would rather fix something quickly than call a customer service agent. Even the best customer service agent. So Verizon's developed the In-Home Agent, an online tool for setting up and adjusting FiOS Internet and TV systems. Hundreds of thousands have downloaded the app to their computers, and many of those customers are using it again and again. Now the Verizon In-Home Agent is getting smarter and smarter. Among recent improvements, the tool now includes a much simpler process for connecting a new or additional computer to your home wireless network.
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Introducing Widget Wednesday

by Employee ‎10-21-2009 10:43 AM - edited ‎10-21-2009 10:45 AM

Widget Wednesday LogoBack in July when we introduced our FiOS TV Widget Bazaar applications marketplace, we promised we'd be introducing a steady stream of new Widgets to bring the Web and TV together. Since then, there's been so much going on, that a lot of readers might have missed something. So here's "Widget Wednesday," a weekly update on our progress. And anything goes. We want to get your feedback and ideas. How has your Widget experience been? How can we make Widgets better? We'll let you know about Widget trends, tips and tricks for users, hidden feature gems and other topics. Of course, we'll announce new Widgets here first as always. Read more...

Mac Users, Media Manager Is Now for You

by Employee ‎10-20-2009 09:13 AM - edited ‎10-21-2009 10:17 AM

Media Manager Mac Logo.JPGRecently we announced Verizon's Internet Security Suite for Mac users. Today we're giving Mac users a little FiOS love by rolling out a Mac-compatible version of the My Music and My Photos features of our FiOS TV Media Manager service. This means that Mac users can now use Media Manager to organize, enjoy and manage their personal, photos and music on their Macs and seamlessly stream that content to their TVs. Read more...

Introducing New Service Bundles with Wireless

by Employee ‎10-19-2009 09:38 AM - edited ‎10-19-2009 03:43 PM

compandphone.JPGVerizon today is rolling out the newest service bundles for consumers, which include TV, Internet, home phone and, now, Verizon wireless plans. It's the combination of two powerful networks - landline and wireless -- and four separate services into a bundle on one bill, at one price, that also saves money for customers. That's what residents of several Verizon states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions have to look forward to regardless of whether they're served by the FiOS network or our traditional copper network. You won't get these plans from the cable company. We call it a quad (short for quadruple, of course) bundle and there's several different service combinations for people to choose from, depending on what Internet speed, TV package or wireless usage best fits you. Read more...

Talking Back To the TV

by Employee on ‎10-16-2009 03:11 PM

tweetbird.gifIf you need more proof that social networking is spreading to the TV, take a look at what Fox College Sports is doing. According to an article by Sports Video Group, Fox College Sports is giving fans a chance to interact directly with the broadcast. Sideline reporter Samantha Steele invites fans to send 140-character Twitter messages to her throughout the game. She then uses some of their comments during the broadca Read more...

FiOS TV Speaks Your Language

by Employee ‎10-15-2009 09:36 AM - edited ‎10-15-2009 09:59 AM

GLOBE.JPGOne of the FiOS TV features I'm proudest is our international offering. We offer 33 channels from over 20 countries -- one of the best offers around. And, starting Monday, we're giving away some of it for free. From Oct. 19 to 25, FiOS TV customers can tune into any of the channels on our Spanish Language Package free of charge. There are 27 of them, including news, sports and entertainment channels, like Toon Disney Español, Galavision and CNN en Español. Read more...

You've Got Mail

by Employee on ‎10-13-2009 03:19 PM

E-mail.JPGThe Wall Street Journal has an interesting article this week titled "Why Email No Longer Rules." The thought is that email has had a good run, but it's so yesterday. E-mail is being upstaged by a new generation of communications services. Once upon a time, according to reporter Jessica E. Vascellaro, we weren't connected to the Internet 24X7, and email worked well in bursts. Today, most of us go online as soon as we boot up, so tools like Twitter and Facebook let us communicate more frequently and informally - and faster. Read more...

Expert Opinions on Network Management

by Employee on ‎10-12-2009 04:04 PM

Verizon logo.gifWhen you ask network engineers and other experts about managing Internet traffic, many of them make the same point: Significant changes are needed in the way the Internet handles congestion, deals with security problems and ensures good quality for latency-sensitive applications. Many of these experts also say that ISPs and broadband providers must have the flexibility to manage these issues. Read more...

EPIX Update

by Employee on ‎10-12-2009 03:02 PM

moviereel.JPGBack in July, we confirmed for you here that Verizon had reached a deal with EPIX, a new movie channel with a broad and impressive collection of well-known titles that will be made available to FiOS TV subscribers. Since then, we started a free preview of EPIX on our video-on-demand service, which I hope you've been enjoying. I know I have - they offer an incredible selection of movies, with over 100 films in HD. "Godfather Weekend" anyone? EPIX on demand is free until the end of this month. Read more...

A Bright Day for Fiber Optics

by Employee ‎10-08-2009 04:38 PM - edited ‎10-08-2009 04:39 PM

broadband.JPGYou don‘t have to read far in this blog to get the idea that we’re pretty excited about fiber optics. So this week, when the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics to innovators who developed fiber optics for all sorts of applications, including the Verizon FiOS network, we were thrilled. Charles K. Kao was awarded half of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics "for groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication," according to the official press release. He shares the prize with two former Bell Lab engineers Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith who invented an imaging semiconductor circuit – the CCD sensor.” Read more...

Survey Says....

by Employee ‎10-07-2009 05:11 PM - edited ‎10-07-2009 05:32 PM

surveys.JPGWant great TV service? You wouldn’t be surprised to hear me say that means FiOS TV. Don’t look to old-fashioned cable. But I’m not the only one saying it. Read more...

It’s a Weekend Made for Free Games

by Employee on ‎10-07-2009 10:09 AM

games.JPGThey’re ubiquitous on trains, at airports and even at work throughout the country – people of all ages playing games. Recognizing that there’s an untapped little gamer in most of us and a monster gamer in many, Verizon is giving its broadband customers – FiOS Internet and Verizon High Speed Internet (HSI) – a four-day weekend of free online, on-demand games … in fact, over 1,500 of them. The free weekend is Oct. 9-12. Read more...

FiOS TV Maintenance in Texas

by Employee ‎10-06-2009 04:59 PM - edited ‎10-07-2009 09:42 AM

RemoteAngleRight.JPGIn Texas tonight, Verizon will be doing maintenance on FiOS TV starting at 11:00 PM. That will help assure FiOS TV is the best service possible, but also it will cause video-on-demand (VOD) service to be unavailable between 11:00 PM and 8 AM tomorrow. We’ll be doing this in every FiOS TV market around the country over the next month, so, if you’re not in Texas, keep a look out for when the maintenance will be done in your area. Read more...

CBS College Sports Network Preview

by Employee ‎10-06-2009 10:03 AM - edited ‎10-06-2009 10:04 AM

Wyatt MiddletonGood news for all you college sports fans. This Saturday you can check out the college football triple-header kicking off at noon with Vanderbilt at Army, followed by Navy at Rice and TCU at Air Force. It’s part of the CBS College Sports Network, and FiOS viewers are getting a free preview. So you can get your fill of college football and all of the other great content that the channel offers, 24/7, until Oct. 10. CBS College Sports, found on FiOS TV channel 94 in standard definition, offers 24-hour coverage of college sports with a comprehensive lineup of 50 live football games, studio shows and original programming. Read more...

‘Orange’ You Glad FiOS TV Is in CNY?

by Employee ‎10-05-2009 10:33 AM - edited ‎10-05-2009 10:33 AM

CentralNY FiOS (smaller).JPGCentral New York is typically Orange country, thanks to the longtime success of Syracuse University's sports teams. But I have a feeling today the local cable company, Time Warner, is seeing red now that Verizon FiOS TV is up and running in eight towns and villages in the region. Today, Verizon began offering the FiOS triple play of TV, Internet and voice services in Clay, East Syracuse, North Syracuse, Cicero, DeWitt, Salina, Camillus and Fleming. Is that a distant cheer I just heard go up in these towns? Read more...

Customers Like Widgets; WeatherBug Is Our Latest

by Employee ‎10-05-2009 09:21 AM - edited ‎10-05-2009 09:30 AM

WeatherBugWe make it easy for customers to get widgets on their FiOS TV screens. No need to buy a special Web-enabled TV, which is the only way to get widgets from some other providers. Just subscribe to Verizon FiOS TV, and you get widgets on every TV connected to our system. Which brings me to our latest widget that we’re announcing here on the At Home Blog – the WeatherBug. The days of waiting for the weatherman’s forecast or weather on the 8’s are over. With the free WeatherBug Widget, subscribers can customize weather reports by any ZIP code and pull up hourly or seven-day forecasts. Read more...

Northeast Router Failure

by Employee ‎10-02-2009 05:36 PM - edited ‎10-19-2009 09:43 AM

Verizon LogoAs many of you may know, a router failed in the Verizon network this afternoon causing problems for some users of Verizon FiOS and High Speed Internet. Here’s what happened. The router in question is in New York City and handles traffic from the Verizon network to the larger Internet. It is one of a number of such routers in our network. When routers have problems, they are designed to report that they are sick. Internet traffic is rerouted to adjacent routers automatically and sent around the trouble spot. In this case, that didn’t happen. Read more...

More Premium HD Launches Today

by Employee on ‎10-02-2009 02:28 PM

MoviesLast month we promised you more premium video-on-demand programming in HD on FiOS TV. Well, starting today, FiOS TV HD customers who subscribe to HBO or Cinemax can watch 300 hours of HD programming from the two premium channels. Not only are we giving FiOS TV customers more HD programming from HBO and Cinemax than any other provider, but also FiOS TV is the only provider offering Cinemax HD on VOD. Your neighbors with old-fashioned cable won’t have it. Read more...

NHL Center Ice Free Preview for Three Weeks

by Employee ‎10-01-2009 09:19 AM - edited ‎10-02-2009 09:50 AM

hockey.JPGOn Monday we told you about the NFL RedZone "freeview" coming this Sunday. But if for you fall means more hockey than football, check out NHL Center Ice. Starting today, Verizon FiOS TV customers can try Center Ice free for three weeks. Customers can watch all of the games that the NHL Center Ice package airs through Oct. 24. My hockey-crazed friend Bunny is gonna just love this. NHL Center Ice is on FiOS TV channels 1474-1488. Read more...

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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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