Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Verizon Launches FiOS TV Widgets

Verizon introduced an interactive weather and traffic widget to complement its fiber-optic FiOS TV service.

FiOS TV Widgets are available at no additional cost to customers with a set-top box. The widget provides one-touch, on-demand access to real-time local weather and traffic information. Subscribers use their remote control to display text-based weather and traffic on their TV screens without interrupting the program they are watching.

Future Widgets may include personalized news, sports scores and fantasy-league sports results or community information.

Verizon said the widgets are the first of several product enhancements that will let subscribers control and share entertainment and information throughout the home. Later this year, Verizon will add a multi-room digital video recorder and a feature that lets customers access PC-based photos and music on their televisions. Additional new services are planned for 2007.