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Verizon serves up new guide in 3 markets

Fri, 10/17/2008 - 8:25am
Mike Robuck

This week, Verizon rolled out its new Interactive Media Guide (IMG) into its New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts markets.

The new guide features free games, the ability to buy products via a remote control, and on-screen widgets that provide on-demand information topics such as news, weather and sports.

"FiOS TV gives customers an experience they can't get from cable," said Bob Driscoll, Verizon regional vice president of sales. "The immense two-way capacity of our fiber network allows us to continually introduce interactive capabilities that give our customers richer, more robust and personalized entertainment."

Among the new FiOS TV IMG features now available are:

  • Verizon's Home Media DVR now allows customers to stream recorded high-definition (HD) programs to six other TV sets throughout the home equipped with HD set-top boxes. The feature, which has been available for standard-definition (SD) programming, includes the ability to watch three separately recorded shows on three sets at the same time, plus pause recorded programming in one room and continue watching in another.
  • New channel sorting options – Verizon FiOS TV customers can now create two separate lists of favorite channels for family members. Customers can also filter channels in the guide by genre, for instances where a customer may only want to see HD content, international channels or kids programming, among others.
  • "Wait for Me" – Customers can pause live programming, change channels, and then return to the paused program and pick up where they left off. No part of a program will be missed with this new feature.

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