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Verizon, NBCU bringing Olympics coverage to Verizon subs

Fri, 07/18/2008 - 8:25am
Traci Patterson

Verizon and NBC Universal (NBCU) have partnered up to bring Verizon customers coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing on all three Verizon platforms – TV, broadband and wireless.

The content ranges from schedules and medal standings to news, photos and highlights, Verizon said.

Additionally, Verizon is set to launch four new high-definition (HD) networks: Bravo HD, CNBC+ HD, USA Network HD and SCI FI HD. Verizon said that FiOS TV customers will see these four HD channels launch during the next few months, region by region.

"From TV to broadband to wireless, Verizon is delivering the very best content and programming, and that includes NBC Universal's unprecedented Olympics coverage," said Terry Denson, VP of FiOS TV content and programming. "That's exciting for our customers, and it is a great opportunity for us to be able to showcase FiOS TV's video-on-demand and high-definition content, our incredible broadband services, and Verizon Wireless' V CAST video service."

Verizon customers will have access to the following Olympic-related content:

  • Video-on-demand (VOD) – Verizon's FiOS TV customers already have access to NBC Olympics VOD programming, including athlete features, Beijing previews and more.  During the Olympic Games, FiOS TV's VOD library will offer NBC's daily highlight clips in standard-definition (SD) and HD, as well as replays of some of the best events of the day, including swimming, diving, gymnastics, track and field, and more.
  • Broadband - Verizon's FiOS Internet and High-Speed Internet customers now have online access to NBC clips, news, photos and slideshows, a countdown clock and background on various athletes. During the Games, Verizon's broadband customers will have access to NBC's live streaming of more than 20 different sports, as well as highlights from various events and medal standings.  Verizon's broadband customers can decide which Olympic sports to watch online, either live or on demand, through a full-screen viewing experience.
  • Olympics in HD - Verizon will launch two NBC HD channels dedicated to covering Olympic basketball and soccer. Live events, highlights and studio programming will be made available on NBC Universal's USA HD and Universal HD.
  • Wireless - During the games, Verizon Wireless customers can keep up with the Olympic action on V CAST video through NBC's wireless coverage, which will include daily highlights, breaking news, scores and results, features and more.

Meanwhile, consumers in eight additional New Jersey communities now have access to Verizon’s FiOS TV service.

FiOS TV and broadband services are available to consumers in parts of Englewood Cliffs in Bergen County; Collingswood and Oaklyn in Camden County; Fieldsboro in Burlington County; Harrison Township in Gloucester County; Guttenberg in Hudson County; Keansburg in Monmouth County; and Jackson Township in Ocean County. 

The latest expansion makes 295 the total number of New Jersey cities and towns where FiOS services are available.

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