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Verizon Expands Advanced, Remote DVR Management Service to More FiOS TV Customers
Media Manager Subscribers Can Now Use Any Wireless Handset With a Data Plan to Remotely Control DVR; All FiOS TV Customers Can Now Manage their Verizon DVRs Remotely OnlineNews Release
April 20, 2009 –
NEW YORK - More on-the-go FiOS TV subscribers can now remotely manage their Verizon digital video recorders (DVRs) as Verizon expands its free remote-control capability to a larger range of wireless handsets -- plus offers Web-based remote DVR management service to all FiOS TV DVR customers. The service allows customers to remotely review, change or add recording requests, delete recorded programs, browse and search TV and video-on-demand listings, set parental controls, and more.
In January, Verizon first introduced its free remote DVR management service to FiOS TV Media Manager subscribers, who accessed the capability via a Web site (http://www.verizon.com/fiostvcentral) or through select Verizon Wireless handsets. Now Verizon is opening up the online remote-control service to all FiOS TV DVR users.
The company is also providing a new wireless application to FiOS TV Home Media DVR customers that will allow them to use any cell phone to remotely access their DVRs. To access this application, these customers must subscribe to a data plan from Verizon Wireless or any other wireless service provider.
"We've had a tremendous, positive customer response to the freedom, flexibility and control that our remote DVR management service provides," said Shawn Strickland, vice president of FiOS products for Verizon. "The immense two-way capacity of our advanced, all-fiber network allows us to continually introduce interactive capabilities that give our customers richer, more robust and more personalized entertainment experiences."
The wireless application for Home Media DVR subscribers is available at (http://m.verizon.com/tv). Customers already using the wireless application with Verizon Wireless LG EnV2, LG Chocolate 2, or LG Voyager handsets can still access the remote DVR programming feature as they did before.
A downloadable video overview of the remote DVR management service is available at (http://verizon.mediaseed.tv/Story.aspx?story=36482).
Verizon is the only company in the U.S. to bring 100 percent fiber optics straight to the home, giving customers the ultimate home-upgrade with the fastest broadband, more HD, better TV picture-and-sound quality, and interactive capabilities that cable can't match.
FiOS TV customers benefit from the most advanced DVR technology available. Verizon's Home Media DVR subscribers can record programming in standard- or high-definition that can be watched on up to six other TV sets in the home. This also includes simultaneously viewing up to three separately recorded programs on different TV sets, and the ability to pause recorded programming on one set and continue watching it on another. FiOS TV's Home Media DVR is bundled with Media Manager, a feature that allows customers to access photos and music from their personal computers and play them on their TV or home theater system.
FiOS TV offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 500 all-digital channels, more than 100 HD channels and more than 14,000 monthly VOD titles. FiOS TV's innovative Interactive Media Guide provides next-generation interactive services including news and entertainment widgets, fantasy football applications, casual games, and many other features.
For more information on FiOS TV, consumers can visit www.verizon.com/fiostv or call their local Verizon sales office or 888-438-3467.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 80 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 224,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
Deidre Mulcahy, 908-559-3483