Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Verizon FiOS TV Puts Programming on the Web

Subscribers to Verizon FiOS TV will now be able to view the programming guide on the web. The site allows customers to use any desktop or laptop computer to review their local TV schedules and information about video-on-demand (VOD) and pay-per-view offerings. Soon, customers will also be able to use the site to program their digital video recorders (DVR), among other features.

  • A home page that offers select VOD trailers and featured titles; a listing of the night's primetime programs; regularly updated lists of the top-watched TV shows and top-purchased VOD titles; and links to each area of the site, including a help page.

  • TV listings with a local channel schedule for the next 14 days and the ability to filter by categories (day, channel or time; kids, sports or high-definition programming; or movies).

  • VOD titles and listings with information on each title and the ability to filter by categories (genre, rating, expiration date or price/free).

  • Search function that lets customers filter by TV shows, movies, VOD, celebrity or pay-per-view.

Verizon plans to add features to the site later this year that will allow customers to control their DVRs (digital video recorders) and set up and modify recordings remotely. Customers also will be able to order VOD programming and other content and manage parental controls, among other capabilities.