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August 28, 2009

Verizon Announces Trial of FiOS TV Online

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Verizon, a provider of broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers, has announced that its has launched a trial to provide television programming online to FiOS (News - Alert) TV subscribers.
In the latest release company has announced that it is dedicated to provide its customers the entertainment they want, wherever and whenever they want it, following the industry's TV Everywhere initiative. The trial would include content from Time Warner's (News - Alert) Turner networks, TNT and TBS, and will soon include variety of content from other providers, according to the company.
Shawn Strickland, vice president of FiOS product management for Verizons commented that, whether it's at home through FiOS TV, FiOS Internet or Verizon (News - Alert) High Speed Internet or on the go with Verizon Wi-Fi or V CAST Video from Verizon Wireless -- Verizon is well ahead of the industry in listening to customers and giving them the access and control they're clamoring for.
Users switching to trials would be able to watch the programs on their personal computers or laptops at home or away using any broadband connection. Participating FiOS TV customers will be able to access the online programming at the networks' Web sites using their Verizon Online user names and passwords.
Time Warner Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bewkes said, "When we first announced the TV Everywhere initiative, we hoped others in the industry would soon sign on to provide consumers with more on-demand television content over all platforms including broadband.
He said that they are pleased to partner with Verizon to deliver TNT and TBS programming on-demand and online at no additional cost to customers and to do so in a progressive manner that builds the business for the future.
Since 2005, Verizon has been delivering high-quality video entertainment to its FiOS and High Speed Internet broadband customers with online services like Starz Play, ESPN360, Disney Connection, YES Network and NFL Game Extra.

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Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray