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Displaying articles for: September 2009

More Interactive Features Now Available for FiOS TV’s Interactive Media Guide

by Employee ‎09-30-2009 01:57 PM - edited ‎12-01-2009 09:50 AM

More Like This VODFiOS TV customers wanted more detailed program information, interactive video-on-demand (VOD), more shortcuts and easier ways to upgrade their FiOS TV, and I’m happy to say the folks in the FiOS lab have come up with some pretty neat responses. Starting now in Texas and California and rolling out in every FiOS market over the next few months, we’re upgrading our Interactive Media Guide to make on-screen purchasing and FiOS TV navigation faster and easier than it has been. With the upgrade, customers can check out the original airing date of a show and cast, along with genre, director, detailed description and more. In an age when programs run more than once and when many folks use DVRs to watch favorite programs regularly, this should make it easier to know whether or not you’ve seen an episode. Read more...

An Interview with Verizon’s Mark Wegleitner

by Employee ‎09-29-2009 04:47 PM - edited ‎10-02-2009 09:51 AM

Mark WegleitnerDid you know that every FiOS household has a 175 megabit per second local area network built into it as part of the FiOS service? Have you ever thought about how cool it would be to put applications like home security, medical monitoring or energy management right onto the smart router we install, and then have peripheral devices feed data into those apps wirelessly? Stacey Higginbotham of technology blog GigaOM talked with Verizon SVP of Technology Mark Wegleitner about future FiOS services in a recent interview at the Fiber to the Home Conference in Houston. Read more...

A Look Ahead at Fiber’s Future

by Employee ‎09-29-2009 11:45 AM - edited ‎09-29-2009 05:20 PM

FiberOpticsWe received the Chairman’s Award today from the Fiber to the Home Council for doing the most to promote fiber to the home technology. Verizon CTO Dick Lynch was in Houston to accept the award and spoke about our plans or future services on our all-fiber network. He started with a look back, to the days when Verizon was deciding to deploy fiber all the way to the home. It was clear, he said, that “copper and coaxial networks wouldn’t – in fact, couldn’t – satisfy” the burgeoning demands of the home TV and Internet consumer. Read more...

More HD? Absolutely: AMC, WE TV, IFC and Fuse Join the FiOS TV HD Lineup

by Employee ‎09-29-2009 10:36 AM - edited ‎09-29-2009 12:48 PM

MADMENLogoYou’ve asked for more high-definition channels; we deliver. You asked for Mad Men in HD; we deliver. Once again, Verizon is bringing even more HD to FiOS TV customers. Say hello to four new high-definition channels: AMC, WE TV and IFC from Rainbow Media Holdings and Fuse from MSG Media. Read more...

A Free Chance to Experience NFL RedZone

by Employee ‎09-28-2009 08:44 AM - edited ‎09-29-2009 02:59 PM

NFL RedZone Logo.JPGAlways wanted to know what the NFL RedZone channel was like? Well, here’s your chance. Verizon FiOS TV is offering all of its subscribers the NFL RedZone channel for free Sunday, Oct. 4. This “freeview” will be available during the early games from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. Read more...

Verizon CTO Talks Fiber

by Employee ‎09-25-2009 03:19 PM - edited ‎09-29-2009 12:50 PM

ftth_logo.JPGLooking ahead to next week, Verizon Chief Technology Officer Dick Lynch will be speaking at the Fiber to the Home Council's annual Conference and Expo in Houston on Tuesday. The council is an organization of municipalities, utilities, developers and service providers. Read more...

Big Night In with Thursday Night TV Programming

by Employee ‎09-24-2009 04:29 PM - edited ‎09-29-2009 12:52 PM

TV Set.JPGIt’s almost the weekend, but tonight’s television programming will keep many people in front of the tube. I’m especially looking forward to Flash Forward, a new show on ABC that been creating quite a lot of buzz, and I’ll be interested to see what others think about it. We know well that many of you are surfing the web and watching TV simultaneously, but with FiOS TV’s Twitter widget, I can simply search “Flash Forward” or use another related keyword to see what people are saying in real time. Read more...

Just in time for basketball season: NBA LEAGUE PASS and NBA TV Bounce onto FiOS TV

by Employee ‎09-23-2009 03:36 PM - edited ‎10-02-2009 09:53 AM

nbaandverizon.JPGHey all you basketball fans – we have some good news! FiOS TV customers will soon have access to a full season of the NBA with live games and original programming. NBA LEAGUE PASS and NBA TV will now be a part of the FiOS TV channel lineup. Starting next week, we’ll launch NBA TV on channel 89. The HD version of the channel, along with the NBA League Pass package (also available in SD and HD on channels 1490 -1494 & 1489), will arrive on your TV sets soon. Read more...

Things are Twitterific on @Verizon

by Employee ‎09-23-2009 10:08 AM - edited ‎10-02-2009 09:54 AM

VZ Plus Twitter.JPGYou may have noticed a change on our Twitter widget on the right hand side of the At Home blog; it’s changed from @ericrabe to @Verizon. You can count on our new Twitter handle (www.twitter.com/verizon) to fill you in on the breaking Verizon news, the latest on FiOS, broadband, video-on-demand, customer service announcements, phone service and small business. It’s another way to get a quick snapshot of many the subjects we blog about here at the At Home blog. Read more...

Preserving the Open Internet

by Employee ‎09-22-2009 03:58 PM - edited ‎10-02-2009 09:54 AM

david youngnew.JPGFCC Chairman Julius Genachowski spoke about net neutrality in a speech at the Brookings Institution on Sept. 21. Verizon’s David Young appeared on a panel and commented on behalf of Verizon immediately after the speech. There's a Verizon PolicyBlog entry that features some of David's comments; read this post to find out more about it. Read more...

Verizon FiOS TV Launches in Pittsburgh

by Employee ‎09-22-2009 10:01 AM - edited ‎09-29-2009 10:35 PM

The Steel City is certainly on a roll. In February, it was football’s coveted Vince Lombardi trophy. In June, it was hockey’s fabled Stanley Cup. And today, it’s Verizon’s world-class FiOS TV service. Verizon has served Pittsburgh for more than a century, but we’re making the largest investment ever in our Pittsburgh communications network to make our FiOS TV service available to every household in the city within six years. We have been offering FiOS Internet in parts of the city for the past four years, which means we can hit the ground running with FiOS TV service. FiOS TV offers more than 120 high-definition channels...
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Start Fall Off Right and Bundle Up With Verizon Value

by Employee ‎09-21-2009 11:45 AM - edited ‎10-02-2009 09:55 AM

Screen with Kite It’s a great time to be consumer of broadband services. Companies are bundling their broadband services with voice and TV, and offering consumers compelling reasons to get on board. Of course, we think we provide the best broadband and entertainment services, and there are plenty of people who agree. But if you’re the kind of consumer who also wants a great deal, now is the time to check out some of our latest offers. Verizon is offering some great new incentives for consumers to choose the many benefits of Verizon’s broadband, entertainment and voice services over old-fashioned cable. Read more...

Fans Saw Plenty of Plays in the First Week of RedZone

by Employee ‎09-18-2009 11:25 AM - edited ‎09-29-2009 10:17 PM

FiOS TV football fans: did you get in the Zone last Sunday with the NFL Network’s RedZone Channel and FiOS TV’s RedZone Widget? If not, you missed an action-packed kickoff of the NFL regular season with plenty of game-changing plays inside the 20-yard line. Here’s just a quick recap of what you would have seen on the NFL RedZone Channel last Sunday: 59 touchdowns- 32 passing TDs and 20 rushing TDs, 4 fumbles returned for TDs, 2 punt returns for TDs, 1 blocked punt for TD. Unlike some providers, we’re offering the channel in both standard- and high-def. Plus, only Verizon has a free RedZone Widget that provides stats, scores and news from around the league.
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FiOS No. 1 Again in PCMag.com Readers Survey; Verizon HSI Outguns Three Cablecos

by Employee ‎09-17-2009 02:10 PM - edited ‎10-02-2009 09:57 AM

1st place thumb.JPG“FiOS’s score always puts other connection methods to shame.” So says PCMag.com, whose readers – for the third consecutive year – have put FiOS Internet at the top of the charts in the magazine’s annual ISPs Service & Reliability Survey. FiOS scored 8.7 out of 10 – well above its closest cable rival. Verizon High Speed Internet DSL service rocked the survey too. Its overall rating bested cable companies Road Runner, Comcast and Charter – leading all three of the cablecos in the fees, reliability, e-mail, repair, and customer service categories. Read more...

Verizon Ranked Most Trusted Communications Company for Privacy

by Employee ‎09-16-2009 10:40 AM - edited ‎10-02-2009 09:58 AM

TrophyAt Verizon, we’ve achieved lots of firsts that ultimately benefit our customers, and we like to talk about them here on the Verizon At Home Blog. Today, I am proud to tell you about another first. Independent privacy experts have ranked Verizon the most trusted communications company for privacy. Ranked nationally at No. 2, Verizon is the first telecommunications company to ever make top three on this list. eBay ranked No. 1, and the United States Postal Service ranked third. Read more...

Picture This: FiOS Customers Viewing and Sharing KODAK Gallery Photos on TV

by Employee ‎09-15-2009 01:28 PM - edited ‎09-29-2009 03:07 PM

Kodak ThumbPhoto sharing just keeps getting better for FiOS TV subscribers. Today we’re introducing another cool way for customers to enjoy photos on their home entertainment systems with the new FiOS TV KODAK Gallery Widget. It’s another great addition to our Widget Bazaar applications marketplace, and we’re announcing it here on the Verizon at Home Blog. The free Widget gives registered KODAK Gallery users instant onscreen access to photos and slideshows. Read more...

What’s Next for the Verizon Home Network?

by Employee ‎09-14-2009 02:34 PM - edited ‎09-16-2009 10:02 AM

connection thumb.JPGI recently told you about In-Home Agent, a new tool that lets FiOS customers troubleshoot and fix service issues with the click of a mouse. In-Home Agent leverages the unique capabilities of the Verizon FiOS network – including the network of PCs and TVs within the home. This home network connects the PC, broadband home router, set-top box and TV in FiOS-enabled homes and links to various Verizon operating systems and information resources. Read more...

Are You Ready for Some Football? Well, Get Ready for This…

by Employee ‎09-11-2009 09:17 AM - edited ‎09-29-2009 03:08 PM

RedZone Thumb.JPGThis weekend is the start of the NFL season. If you are a real fan, there are options this year that will make leaving the couch on Sundays almost impossible. Combine FiOS TV with the NFL Red Zone and our new RedZone Widget, and you have a combination that cable just can’t match. Read more...

Cracking the Code on 100 Mbps for Business

by Employee ‎09-10-2009 02:03 PM - edited ‎09-29-2009 03:20 PM

man and woman biz pic small.JPGIf all the confetti’s been swept up and marching bands sent home, it’s time to reconsider the hoopla around Comcast promising 100 Mbps Internet service to small businesses. In Minnesota. A couple of observations. First, it looks to us like Gizmodo's Adam Frucci cracked the code: “If you're trying to show that you can beat FiOS speeds for more than three times the price, well, nice work. But until the prices are lowered and the tech is proven to work when more than 25 people are using it, I'm not sure what it does for us.” Of course, Verizon has been offering high-speed business services for many years. Read more...

More Premium HD Content on FiOS TV

by Employee ‎09-09-2009 04:09 PM - edited ‎09-16-2009 10:11 AM

popcorn1 thumb.JPGEver since the start, FiOS TV has had more HD content than big cable. But maybe you missed the amount of premium content on FiOS -- more than 70 premium movie channels, including more than 40 channels in HD. We’re adding even more premium video-on-demand programming in HD this fall. And, if you already subscribe to a premium package, the new HD on-demand channels for your service come at no extra charge. Read more...

Creating TV Apps for the Big Screen

by Employee ‎09-09-2009 12:06 PM - edited ‎09-09-2009 02:25 PM

back to widget.JPGA recent New York Times story leads off with a suggestion that as Verizon moves forward with breakthrough innovations in TV service with its Widgets Bazaar, we are suffering from “iPhone envy.” Not so much. Read more...

Parents Can Manage TV Content with Parental Controls

by Employee ‎09-08-2009 05:46 PM - edited ‎09-29-2009 03:12 PM

mom and daughter thumb.JPGIn today’s television world, one person’s entertainment may be another person’s objectionable material. And recently some have been e-mailing us here to say that they object to some of the things that are out there. So we designed the FiOS system to allow viewers to make their own choices. First, let me note that Verizon has long had a policy that we will not air questionable content in our on-demand trailers. Read more...

Verizon’s View of Broadband

by Employee ‎09-08-2009 03:16 PM - edited ‎09-29-2009 03:28 PM

broadband thumb.JPGVerizon, which is deploying the country’s most advanced wireline and wireless broadband services, has suggested that the FCC keep a baseline definition for broadband at 768 kbps down and 200 kbps up. For the reasons why, read David Young's post at Verizon’s PolicyBlog. Read more...

Internet/TV Trendsetters

by Employee ‎09-04-2009 03:44 PM - edited ‎09-29-2009 03:38 PM

supersmallthumb.JPGEver browse the Internet and watch TV simultaneously? (Who…us??) Well, you are apparently part of a trend. A recent Nielsen survey (by way of Ars Technica) reported that 57 percent of U.S. Internet users browse the Internet while watching TV. While relatively common these days, it’s an activity that was largely unheard of in most households just five years ago. On average, these Internet surfers-TV viewers spent about 2 hours and 39 minutes each month doing these activities simultaneously. (Seems way to low to me). Of course, with Verizon FiOS TV you might be doing both these activities without ever opening the lid of your laptop. Read more...

RVU Alliance Aims for Single Server in Home

by Employee ‎09-03-2009 04:29 PM - edited ‎09-29-2009 03:40 PM

bulb thumb.JPGIn 1899, the head of the U.S. Patent Office was rumored to have suggested the office be closed because everything that could be invented already had been. He never said that, experts say, and tens of thousands of new patents in the past century have shown the notion to be totally misguided anyway. Back then, Jules Verne foresaw a future filled with exciting devices, although he didn’t predict the Verizon FiOS network or the impact it would have on consumers and cable TV competition. Nor did Verne see the confusion and frustration that can develop as customers try to hook together all their home entertainment gear. Read more...

Fall Sports Arrive Exclusively on Verizon’s FiOS1

by Employee ‎09-03-2009 11:05 AM - edited ‎09-29-2009 03:42 PM

stadiummedium.JPGAre you getting ready for some football? Well, plenty of people in Northern New Jersey, on Long Island in New York and in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area are getting ready after Verizon recently reached agreements with four universities to carry select athletic events including college football, men’s and women’s soccer and more on our FiOS1 channels. Princeton and Hofstra universities have joined Rutgers and Georgetown in agreements that will bring the gridiron, soccer, basketball and even some water polo matches to FiOS1 viewers in Northern New Jersey, on Long Island and in the greater D.C. areas. And that’s just the beginning. Read more...

FiOS TV to Carry NFL RedZone

by Employee ‎09-02-2009 03:08 PM - edited ‎09-29-2009 10:24 PM

FootballMedium.JPGHow about seeing every crucial play from around the National Football League on a Sunday afternoon in real time? That’s the idea behind the new NFL RedZone. And when it launches on Sept. 13, you’ll see it on Verizon FiOS TV. For the football fan, this is huge and we’re excited to be among the first TV providers to carry the NFL RedZone. Fans get touchdowns and other important plays from the games taking place on Sunday afternoons. When a team goes inside its opponent’s 20-yard line, fans will see the plays as they happen. Read more...

Get the Facts on FiOS

by Employee ‎09-01-2009 02:16 PM - edited ‎09-01-2009 02:17 PM

facts on fios.JPGIf you live in a Verizon FiOS market, you’ve probably seen more than your share of anti-FiOS advertising by our competitors. Lately, some of it has been downright shrill as more customers leave their local cable company and choose FiOS for Internet and TV services. Read more...

Verizon Begins Fiber Upgrade in D.C.

by Employee ‎09-01-2009 12:27 PM - edited ‎09-29-2009 10:32 PM

MayorFenty.jpgThe countdown to FiOS TV and more cable choice is underway in the nation's capital. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and key city leaders today helped Verizon officially launch the project to upgrade the Verizon network to all fiber optics in the District. Verizon will begin offering its award-winning FiOS TV and FiOS Internet services over this all-fiber-optic network in parts of Southeast Washington later this year. Although FiOS TV and Internet service have been available in the Washington area for several years, now District homes and businesses are being equipped to receive the state-of-the-art FiOS technology. Verizon is building its fiber-optic network in other major cities including NYC and Philly. Read more...

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