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January 03, 2011

FEARnet Adds a New Dimension to Verizon's FIOS TV Lineup

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

Verizon's (News - Alert) FIOS TV line-up is becoming more and more impressive and more eclectic. The addition of a new channel promises to add a new dimension to TV viewing. FEARnet, a horror, thriller and suspense movie network that is already available on FiOS (News - Alert) (News - Alert) TV Video on Demand, is now a permanent channel in FIOS TV’s Extreme and Ultimate packages.

FIOS TV, which comes packed with all the advanced features that these devices promise without the additional expense and installation hassles is the nation's most advanced home-entertainment service.

FEARnet joins FIOS TV’s (News - Alert) broad collection of programming, which boasts more than 520 all-digital channels that include 140 HD channels and 18,000 monthly video-on-demand titles. Of course, the list of offerings doesn't end there as FIOS also provides next-generation interactive services ranging from an interactive media guide and entertainment widgets to social networking, remote DVR management and much more. FEARnet is from Sony Pictures Television, Lionsgate and Comcast (News - Alert) (News - Alert). 

Available on FIOS TV Channel 197, FEARnet is the world's premier destination for horror, thriller and suspense movies. Movie content is available round the clock on demand, online and even on mobile devices. Users can explore the eerie world of horror anytime they choose and anywhere they choose. A video rich environment coupled with fresh content and interactive community features augurs for a splendid viewing experience.

In a press release, Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon, said that as they added more and more programming to the FIOS TV lineup, they looked for channels like FEARnet that helped fill a specific genre.

He further added, “Making FEARnet available as a linear channel, in addition to our already existing VOD programming, means that our customers will have greater access to this exciting lineup of horror movies."

Peter Block, president and general manager of FEARnet was equally vocal, "We're excited to make FEARnet's unrivaled modern thriller, suspense and horror library available on Verizon FiOS TV.”

Block was confident that the new linear channel would extend FEARnet's broad devoted fan base of 26 million VOD household subscribers, offering consumers the best titles in the genre and making FEARnet a true multi-platform network.

In a related news release, Verizon's FIOS TV added FlexView, which lets users watch TV content on the go via a PC, tablet or smartphone. Approximately 55,000 homes and businesses in parts of La Quinta, Indio, Palm Desert, Bermuda Dunes, Coachella and Indiana will benefit from this addition.   

Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf