Verizon has introduced new interactive features for its FiOS TV service in New Jersey via the telco’s Interactive Media Guide (IMG).

"FiOS TV gives customers an experience they can't get from cable," according to Michelle Swittenberg, vice president of sales for Verizon's Mid-Atlantic region. "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."

New FiOS TV IMG features available in New Jersey include: streaming of recorded high-definition (HD) video with Verizon’s Home Media DVR; new channel sorting options; return to paused programming; new, free widgets, which offer on-demand access to local weather, traffic reports and other information; instant upgrades, such as to premium channel packages; free casual games; VOD performance enhancement; fantasy football; My Videos, which allows customers to access personal video stored on their personal computers; and remote DVR programming from a Verizon Wireless handset or via online.


Verizon's IMG VOD Poster View

Meanwhile, consumers and small businesses in Grafton, Hudson and Weston, Mass., now have access to Verizon’s FiOS TV service. The three are among 84 Massachusetts communities where FiOS TV is offered.

And residents of Kirkland, Wash., will soon have access to Verizon’s FiOS TV service, thanks to a newly approved agreement authorizing the telco to offer its video service in the area. Kirkland is the 14th community in the state to grant a video franchise to Verizon, following recent approvals in Bothell, Brier, Edmonds, Everett, Kenmore, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Redmond, Woodinville, Woodway and Snohomish County.

Also, residents of four New York communities will soon have access to Verizon’s FiOS TV service, thanks to newly approved agreements authorizing the telco to offer the service in the villages of Pomona in Rockland County, Lindenhurst in Suffolk County, Hewlett Bay Park in Nassau County and the Town of Yorktown in Westchester County. The latest approvals make 138 the total number of New York municipalities that have granted video franchises to Verizon.

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