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December 16, 2009

Verizon Adds HD Programs to VOD Service

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Verizon has announced addition of HDNet and HDNet Movies to its video on demand or, “VOD” service, enabling its FiOS TV customers to enjoy more high-definition programming.
Calling HDNet and Verizon (News - Alert) FiOS a winning HD combination, Mark Cuban, chairman and co-founder of HDNet, said that they offer all of their programming in true high definition, and when delivered over Verizon’s all fiber-optic network, the “pure HD picture-and-sound quality will just blow you away,” Cuban said.
HDNet and HDNet Movies are available on VOD to all FiOS (News - Alert) TV subscribers with an HD set-top box. HDNet offers content such as blockbuster concerts, in-depth news from “Dan Rather Reports,” mixed martial arts events from around the globe from HDNet Fights, Ring of Honor Wrestling and the exotic travel locales of “Get Out!”
“We continue to expand our massive VOD collection with more HD programming not offered by cable,” said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition at Verizon. 
He added that with more than 20 hours of HD programming from HDNet and more than 25 free movies from HDNet Movies every month, FiOS TV subscribers now have more entertainment than ever before.
FiOS TV customers will also have access to over 25 movies every month from HDNet Movies, including top performing, critically acclaimed feature films and box office hits, said company officials.
Verizon’s FiOS TV service offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 500 all-digital channels, including over 127 HD channels. In addition, FiOS also provides next-generation interactive services such as an advanced interactive media guide; social TV, news and entertainment widgets; remote DVR management; multi-room DVR, and more. 

Additionally, the company announced that it’s offering Verizon FiOS TV customers a new on-screen self-help tool that can diagnose and solve problems with TV services and simplify programming of the remote control.

The new TV version of the PC-based In-Home Agent self-help tool uses the advanced FiOS network to diagnose issues, report back to customers, and then automatically fix most problems. 
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.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi