Monday, October 27, 2008

Verizon Launches Fast-Forward-Disabled VOD with Disney-ABC

Disney-ABC Television Group and Verizon announced deal that will make top ABC's television shows ("Desperate Housewives," "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost," "Samantha Who?" and "Ugly Betty") available via video-on-demand (VOD) to Verizon FiOS TV customers across the country just one day after their broadcast premieres. All the episodes are offered at no charge and in high definition (HD).

As with other ABC VOD offerings, Verizon will disable the fast-forward option on the FiOS TV VOD service for all offered ABC content. ABC first made its fast-forward-disabled VOD offering available last fall during a trial in California. The companies said that viewers of this fast-forwarding-disabled ABC VOD content overwhelmingly (93 percent) found the advertising acceptable in exchange for gaining free access to their favorite shows.

Verizon FiOS TV's VOD library now offers more than 11,000 titles per month, 70 percent of which are free.