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February 25, 2009

Scripps Networks, Verizon Wireless Bolster Subscriber Communications

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Content from HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network and Fine Living Network reportedly is now available on the Verizon (News - Alert) Hub, thanks to a new partnership between Scripps Networks and Verizon Wireless. Verizon Hub lets users to have a communications command center at home as it is an easy-to-use system.
It also allows the users to do various sorts of communication activities from one single device, installed in their home. Verizon claims that this offers never before ease of use to their customers. The Digital Voice feature in this program allows the users to make unlimited domestic calls and unlimited mobile to mobile messaging.
Bridging wireline and wireless connectivity, the Verizon Hub runs on any broadband connection. This means a user can make use Verizon Hub on a connection provided by Verizon or any other high-speed Internet service provider.
“Scripps’ lifestyle brands speak to the heart of the home, so it seems a natural complement for them to be available on a home ‘hub,’ ” said Deanna Brown, president of Scripps. “Having video from the Scripps Networks channels available on the Verizon Hub offers our brand enthusiasts another touch-point, while also giving those new to the brands a chance to sample our content.”
To purchase Verizon Hub, customers need a wireless line of service from Verizon Wireless. They also need a Verizon Digital Voice plan for the Verizon Hub. This comes at $34.99 a month and offers unlimited calling in the United States, Canada, and U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico. It also provides unlimited messaging to and from Verizon Wireless phones.
For $199.99, after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year agreement, the Verizon Hub is available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country.

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Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan