JANUARY 7, 2007 -- Verizon has taken the wraps off a new version of its FiOS TV service (search for FiOS), designed to make it easy for consumers to find and manage multimedia content.
"The next generation of FiOS breaks new ground and moves way beyond traditional television to make managing multimedia simple for customers," said Bob Ingalls, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Telecom, to an audience at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in making the announcement. "We've dramatically distinguished the new FiOS digital media experience from old-fashioned TV."
Verizon claims the new FiOS is the first broadband platform to pull together content from a variety of sources -- broadcast TV, the Internet, and users' own private music and photo collections -- into one media-management system. It also provides FiOS TV customers with a new navigational tool.
At the heart of the system is a new interactive media guide. With the new guide, customers can find, control, and manage digital content including television programming, movies, Internet video, games, music, and photos.
FiOS TV customers in New Jersey will be the first to receive the new FiOS TV applications. By mid-year, all FiOS TV customers in the 10 states where the service is offered today will enjoy many of the new applications and services enabled by the new FiOS, Verizon says.