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December 15, 2009

Verizon Delivers Photos to FiOS TV

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Verizon (News - Alert) Communications, a provider of broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services, announced that its FiOS (News - Alert) TV subscribers can now share and view millions of photos on their TVs every month.

“FiOS TV frees us from hunching around computer screens or passing around photo albums, and instead lets us share those special memories together on our home entertainment system,” Shawn Strickland, vice president of consumer strategy for Verizon, said in a statement.  

The photo sharing service includes a number of innovative features designed to give FiOS TV customers more modern ways to enjoy photos on their TV.

Media Manager allows FiOS DVR customers to wirelessly stream personal photos, videos and music from their PCs to their TVs without the requirement of any additional equipment. It also provides a rich online interface that allows customers to organize, store and access photos. 

KODAK Gallery Widget is a service available for registered KODAK Gallery users. It provides instant on-screen access to photos and slideshows stored on Kodak's (News - Alert) online digital photo service, including photos from friends and family that have been linked to the subscriber's KODAK Gallery account, Verizon officials said.

Facebook (News - Alert) Widget allows FiOS TV subscribers to view photos from their Facebook account while watching their favorite TV shows. An onscreen keyboard allows them to update their Facebook status with personalized messages so they can connect and share with their friends online while watching TV.

In addition to delivering photos on TV, Verizon also provides Online Backup and Sharing service by which it allows people to store their digital photos and videos accidental damage, power surges, hackers and drive crashes.

Online Backup and Sharing service is free for 30 days for new subscribers, Verizon officials said. Five different service plans are available, ranging from 5 gigabits to 250 gigabits of storage with pricing from $1.99 to $19.99 a month.

“Bringing your photos to life on your home entertainment system takes your enjoyment to a much higher level,” Strickland added. “FiOS TV makes it easy to stay connected and instantly enjoy your photos, personal videos and music right on your TV screen.”

Last month, Verizon announced that its FiOS all-fiber-optic network deployment has completed five years. Verizon’s FiOS network, since its deployment, has revolutionized home entertainment of people in six Eastern states, namely New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware, as well as other states where FiOS was deployed later, said Verizon officials. 

To find out more about Verizon, visit the company at the 4GWE Conference. To be held Jan. 20 to 22 in Miami and collocated with ITEXPO East 2010, the 4GWE Conference will focus on the realities of deploying 4G technologies and delivering broadband wireless applications to a growing community of wireless broadband consumers. Verizon’s Thomas G. Dalrymple Jr. is speaking during “Hosted IP Telephony Offers, IP Centrex and SaaS.” Don’t wait. Register now.

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

Edited by Kelly McGuire