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May 13, 2010

Time Warner, Verizon Offer New Television Programming

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Television, Internet access, instant messaging, cell phones and interactive video games are delivering more information for more hours than ever in history.

According to an announcement by Time Warner Inc. and Verizon at The Cable Show 2010, Verizon's FiOS (News - Alert) TV customers will be able to experience new television programming that is made available by both companies. As Time Warner expands its online TV content, the company is partnering with Verizon (News - Alert) to bring FiOS TV subscribers the entertainment they want, wherever and whenever they want it.

FiOS TV customers will automatically receive free, unlimited online access to popular content from Time Warner's (News - Alert) Turner networks - TNT and TBS - with plans to bring the same content to mobile devices in the near future.

Verizon is working with a number of content providers, including FOX News, CBS, MTV Networks (News - Alert), Hallmark Channel, Smithsonian Channel, the Tennis Channel and more to test a significant amount of additional online programming. These channels will join other online video services already available to FiOS customers. These services include Time Warner's HBO, which launched HBO Go to FiOS customers in February.

Mike Ritter, chief marketing officer for Verizon stated that consumers want to access video any time, any place, and Verizon continues to expand our high-quality entertainment services, providing FiOS customers with access and control and the company will continue to work with companies like Time Warner and other early adopters to remain a leader in delivering the best content over the best network.

Time Warner Inc. chairman and CEO, Jeff Bewkes explained that Verizon has been a great partner as both the companies are exploring new ways to access and interact with popular networks and TNT and TBS will now be available online to FiOS subscribers at no added cost.

FiOS customers who subscribe to both FiOS TV and FiOS Internet will be able to watch the programs on their personal computers or laptops - at home or away - using any broadband connection.  Using their Verizon Online user names and passwords, FiOS customers will be able to access the online programming at either www.verizon.com/fiostvonline or soon-to-be launched TNT and TBS websites.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha's article, please visit her columnist page .

Edited by Marisa Torrieri