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FiOS TVs Twitter Widget Gets a New Look

by ‎10-21-2010 12:19 PM - edited ‎10-21-2010 12:21 PM

twitter-icon.pngWe love talking Social TV on the blog, so when we have a new FiOS TV app or enhancements to existing ones, we want to tell our At Home followers about it first.  Today, we have some news about updates to the Twitter Widget on FiOS TV.

 

When we launched the Twitter Widget last year, we asked our At Home readers and Twitter followers for feedback since we’re always look for ways to make the customer experience even better.  Your biggest advice was to make the Twitter Widget more like Twitter itself, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.

 

Available this week, the new features let customers RT (ReTweet) other posts to their followers, send a DM (Direct Message), view their profile, view global trending topics and local trending topics.  Want to add more than one Twitter account to your FiOS TV?  You can do that too; in fact, customers can add up to four accounts.

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FiOS TV Visual 411 Widget Goes Mobile

by ‎09-27-2010 12:27 PM - edited ‎10-06-2010 02:09 PM

 

V411.JPGYou might not normally think about getting listings for a new restaurant or a specialty hardware store while watching TV – then again, maybe you would if you use FiOS TV’s Visual 411 widget.  Now, you can send those business listings and even directions to certain Verizon Wireless phones.

 

After accessing the Visual 411 widget on FiOS TV, you just need to use the remote to do a quick category or business-name search to be able to send a listing, including address and phone number, as an SMS text to your Verizon Wireless text-enabled device. 

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Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana!

by on ‎09-15-2010 05:15 AM

1534i96B0EADFF4EAA8B8You may already know that Hispanic Heritage Month begins today, but do you know why?  This month marks the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.  Plus, Mexico, Brazil and Chile also commemorate their Independence Days in September.

 

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Verizon is offering FiOS TV subscribers one month of free access to some of our Spanish-language programming.  Starting today, customers can watch 18 different Spanish language channels until October 15.  The channels included are:

 

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The NFL regular season kicked off last night, and if you watched the reigning Super Bowl champions, the New Orleans Saints take on veteran QB Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings, I’m sure you can’t wait for Sunday’s games. With the start of the season, Verizon customers can once again use FiOS TV’s Football Widget, which has some cool new enhancements and features to check out.

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Surviving the Dog Days of Summer

by ‎08-06-2010 12:07 PM - edited ‎08-06-2010 12:07 PM

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August. The big summer theatrical releases are out, you’ve grown tired of your summer reading list, vacations have come and gone, and the heat is even more unbearable.

Fortunately, you live in the 21st century and have access to some of the greatest inventions of all time, such as air conditioning, HDTVs, laptops and, of course, Verizon FiOS -- all of which set the stage for your escape from the dog days of summer. In fact, if you consider everything included with your FiOS package, there’s enough to keep you entertained for quite some time: Read more...

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I can tell when football season is just a few weeks away when I hear my husband and his friends start draft talking. Fantasy Football fans, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Verizon customers love our football offering because we have features and apps for everyone. Whether you’re a broadband customer, FiOS TV or Verizon Wireless subscriber, there is something for you.

Last season, we were one of the first TV providers to offer the NFL RedZone channel, a game changer for our customers. This year, customers who subscribe to the FiOS TV Ultimate package will receive the NFL RedZone channel at no additional cost. Read more...

LOGO.JPGThe TV of Tomorrow Show in San Francisco is all about interactive TV, so it's not surprising that three Verizon executives are speaking there this week. Their subject is FiOS TV Widgets, which also earned Verizon a Leadership Award for "creating the most innovative and disruptive content offering of the past year."

Maitreyi Krishnaswamy, director of interactive video services, spoke about our Widget Bazaar strategy and FiOS TV's proven record of fostering innovation. For example, she said, we've launched over 20 partner widgets since the Beta Developer Program began in October 2009. Read more...

Internet and TV: So Happy Together

by Employee on ‎02-24-2010 03:06 PM

SignInTwitter.JPGEver since the Internet boom, there's been ongoing chatter about what the Internet will overtake next. We've seen it swiftly knock out newspapers as the main source for current events and even outspend television ads in the United Kingdom. For a while, it seemed like it was only a matter of time until television was next to go on the Internet's hit list.

But hold your horses. A recent New York Times story is quick to point out, in TV's defense, that this year's Super Bowl broke records for most number of viewers, beating out the 1983 final episode of "M*A*S*H." Adding to that, award shows like the Grammys are reeling in their biggest numbers in years. In short, current television ratings for big-ticket events have been indicating an upward trend in viewership. Read more...

Old School Coupons Get a New School FiOS Twist

by Employee ‎02-03-2010 07:45 AM - edited ‎02-03-2010 07:45 AM

Widget Wednesday LogoVerizon's putting a new age twist on old-school couponing with a new FiOS TV SpendSmart Widget.

I can use the SpendSmart Widget to electronically clip coupons and save them on my grocery store reward card while I'm watching my favorite shows on FiOS TV. When I go to the store, I simply use my reward card to redeem the coupons at the checkout stand. How easy is that? Read more...

What’s Coming Up in Social TV

by Employee on ‎01-27-2010 02:20 PM

Widget Wednesday LogoJoe Ambeault, Director, Consumer Product Management and Development for FiOS TV sat down with Steve Donohue, Contributing Editor for Light Reading to discuss Social TV. As you'll see, Joe talks about everything from interactive programming and advertising, to our popular Widgets and even gives a look at what's ahead. Joe gives good insight on Verizon's thinking and strategy behind interactive TV and what our consumers love about Widgets.

Check it out. Read more...

What’s Your Sign?

by Employee on ‎01-20-2010 10:43 AM

Widget Wednesday LogoThe practice of astrology and horoscope reading goes back to ancient times. You may or may not believe that the position of the planets on the day of your birth can influence your destiny. Either way, it can be fun to read your daily horoscope. And, it's easy to do while you're watching TV with the FiOS TV Horoscope Widget. Just go to Widgets in the FiOS TV Interactive Media Guide menu, or press the Widgets button on your FiOS remote control. Just for kicks, I clicked on the Horoscope Widget recently to check out my astrological outlook for the day. First I checked my own sign. Read more...

Talking About FiOS TV Widgets

by Employee on ‎01-13-2010 02:51 PM

Widget Wednesday LogoOne of the big themes from CES this year is there are now a lot of TVs and devices that connect to the Internet. Verizon does it differently -- connecting people to the Internet through our network via FiOS TV. FiOS TV Widgets use this network connection to deliver Internet content to the TV screen. I sat down with Verizon's Maitreyi Krishnaswamy, who directs interactive services, to talk about FiOS TV Widgets and plans for 2010. Read more...

Stay Connected with FiOS TV's Twitter Widget this Playoff Season

by Employee ‎01-06-2010 10:25 AM - edited ‎01-06-2010 10:25 AM

Widget Wednesday LogoThe BCS bowl action is coming to an end with tomorrow's anticipated match-up of Alabama (1) vs. Texas (2), and the NFL playoffs kick off this weekend. I can already hear legions of armchair quarterbacks talking to their TVs, offering up their best advice and wittiest comments to coaches, players and commentators alike. But why talk to your TV when you can use the FiOS TV Twitter Widget to offer up your hot sports opinions right on the screen for other fans to see? Launching the Twitter Widget adds a whole new dimension to the game. Read more...

Widget Wednesday: Looking Back at 2009

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

Widget Wednesday LogoIt'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. Read more...

Keeping Tradition Alive with Social TV

by Employee ‎12-23-2009 11:42 AM - edited ‎12-23-2009 11:43 AM

Widget Wednesday LogoI love the holidays, and every year I look forward to watching "Christmas Vacation" with my girlfriends. This year, however, we won't be able to make it happen. Normally, it wouldn't be a big deal, but this is a tradition I don't think I can let go. Am I supposed to laugh at the epic Cousin Eddie all by myself? No way. Thankfully, Verizon offers a Facebook Widget on FiOS TV -- a new way to stay social, without having to leave your couch. Read more...

Widget Wednesday: This Just In With Verizon’s New AP Widget

by Employee ‎12-16-2009 12:18 PM - edited ‎12-16-2009 01:23 PM

Widget Wednesday LogoI'm a real "newsie." I've always had an insatiable appetite for news. If you're like me - or even if you just want to catch up with the day's headlines - you should check out the new AP Widget on FiOS TV, available this week. It's an expanded, interactive news feature from Verizon and Associated Press that's replacing our Headline News Widget. 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 view. Using the left/right arrows on the FiOS TV remote, you can choose from eight news categories: World, U.S., Business, Travel, Science & Technology, Health, Entertainment and Sports. Read more...

Widget Wednesday: FiOS TV Adds NBA Widget

by Employee ‎12-09-2009 10:58 AM - edited ‎12-09-2009 11:00 AM

Widget Wednesday LogoEnjoying the basketball season? So are we, but we'll enjoy it even more with the new NBA League Pass Widget available in all markets on FiOS TV. This is the latest sports widget available with FiOS TV's Widget Bazaar. Click the NBA League Pass Widget and get easy access to NBA player news, scores, stats, conference standings and team rosters. It's a lot like our popular RedZone Widget for football fans. Subscribe to the NBA League Pass and the Widget also lets you set onscreen alerts for up to 10 teams with four different alert options: Start of Game, End of Quarter, Two minutes to End of Game, or Start of Overtime. Once the alert pops up, punch the remote to switch to the game. Read more...

Techlicious.PNGIn the spirit of the holiday season, Verizon has teamed up with tech expert, Suzanne Kantra, from techlicious.com, offering one of her lucky blog readers a Nikon 10.2 digital camera. Click on over to the giveaway to enter to win. Valued at $549, the Nikon camera makes capturing high-quality photos of your friends and family a breeze during the holidays. Between visiting my family in Ohio and going to holiday parties here at home, my own camera's memory stick soon will be reaching capacity. I'll be uploading to Facebook, Kodak Gallery, and of course sending photos by e-mail. At times like these I'm rocking my FiOS Internet 15 Meg upload for all its worth. In less time than it takes to eat one Christmas cookie -- that's about 20 seconds -- I can upload 40 photos. Read more...

Widget Wednesday LogoThere's always a lot of buzz about online shopping during the holidays. But, let's face it, shopping while lounging on the couch beats the heck out of fighting for a parking spot in the mall's garage, and so I like to use those home shopping channels. Now, bargain-hunters have a new way to shop on TV. Verizon has teamed up with HSN (once known as Home Shopping Network) to create a new HSN Shop by Remote® Widget for FiOS TV. And readers of the Verizon at Home blog are hearing about it first. Read more...

Widget Wednesday: Expect the unexpected with Thanksgiving travel this year

by Employee ‎11-25-2009 09:42 AM - edited ‎11-25-2009 09:46 AM

Widget Wednesday LogoThis week, it's over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go. Yes, Thanksgiving is here and the holiday travel season is upon us. AAA reports that this Thanksgiving, 33.2 million Americans will travel by car, up 2.1 percent from last year. Wherever your destination may be, if you're behind the wheel traffic and weather are sure to play a role in your holiday schedule. FiOS TV subscribers have a couple of interactive Widgets at their fingertips to help plan holiday trips across town or across the nation. Read more...

A Change of Pace

by Employee ‎11-23-2009 04:08 PM - edited ‎11-30-2009 11:32 AM

keyboard.JPGAs you folks know, I've been sole blogger on the AtHome space since it launched this past summer. But, hey, there are a lot of smart people around here, and it's time to share the fun, their expertise and their two-cents worth. So now, three of my colleagues will join me blogging here. They are all on the Verizon Media Relations team: Bobbi Henson, Jim Smith and Bill Kula. Here's a brief rundown of what they will be discussing here. Read more...

At Home with FiOS TV

by Employee ‎11-17-2009 11:38 AM - edited ‎11-17-2009 11:40 AM

andru.jpgIt's always interesting to get direct feedback from consumers as they experience FiOS for the first time. We recently hosted a FiOS TV demo for a group of Seattle-area consumers in the home of Gear Live blogger, Andru Edwards. While everyone loved the casual atmosphere and the great food, the star of the evening was FiOS. Read more...

Widget Wednesday: Check Out What’s Hot on FiOS TV

by Employee ‎11-11-2009 09:49 AM - edited ‎11-11-2009 09:51 AM

Widget Wednesday LogoLike many people, I'm a creature of habit when it comes to watching TV. Even with 500 all-digital FiOS TV channels at my fingertips, I'm pretty loyal to a handful of favorite shows. But when I get the urge to try something new on TV, it can be hard to land on something. As fun as it is to surf the FiOS TV channel guide, I usually want to find something new in a hurry. Well, there's a Widget for that! One of the first Widgets we launched on FiOS, "What's Hot on FiOS," is just the ticket for those times when you want to find a new show to try out. Read more...

Widget Wednesday: New Games Added to Widget Bazaar

by Employee ‎11-04-2009 09:30 AM - edited ‎11-04-2009 09:33 AM

Widget Wednesday LogoChances are, when you hear the word "gamer" you may think of a late-teens or twenty-something guy immersed in a hard-hitting, multi-player game on $300 game console. But there's another universe of "casual gamers" - men, women and young people of all ages who spend a part of every day playing cards, doing puzzles and playing other simple games online, on their phones or on console systems like Xbox or Wii. 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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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