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Almost Everyone in Those Verizon Commercials is a Jerk

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 14th 2010 7:07PM
VerizonI say almost everyone, because you know who isn't a jerk in the ads? The cable guy!

As I've mentioned here before, the Verizon commercials irritate me. FiOS is great, if you're still using cable TV you're practically a Luddite, yadda, yadda, yadda. But why does the FiOS guy have to be such an annoying jerk?

The cable (Comcast really, as we've now seen in the most recent ads) guy is always trying to talk to the FiOS guy about anything else and all Mr. FiOS can talk about is how great FiOS is, how much faster it is, how everyone loves it, how many J.D. Power awards it has won -- as if tech guy would have one of those in his apartment. While the Comcast guy is also trying to prove how good cable is, you get the feeling he's just trying to get by, not shove cable down everyone's throat.

Here's the latest ad. You tell me what's so irritating about it.

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Verizon to offer cell phone services with FiOS

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 28th 2009 11:04AM
Verizon FiOSVerizon is planning to package FiOS TV and Internet service with its wireless cell phone services. All I can say is, it's about time.

If I may go off on a rant here for a moment, I actually investigated getting FiOS installed in my house. Verizon didn't even have a fiber optic cable anywhere near me that they could run to my building. And I live only a few miles from Manhattan.

Despite that, by offering a set fee for both FiOS and cell phone service, Verizon is providing something that cable competitors can't duplicate. It's a smart move on the part of the company. Since I already have Verizon Wireless, I can only wish that they got off their lazy asses and laid some more fiber optic around my neighborhood.

In the meanwhile, I'm stuck with my sadly deficient cable company (satellite isn't an option due to the nature of my condominium). For those who have FiOS, how is it? Would you be excited about packaging that with your cell phone service?

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Comcast changes ending to FIOS commercial (but it's easy to understand why)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 25th 2009 3:43PM
You've seen the commercial below. It's a Comcast ad that takes on Verizon FIOS by saying that FIOS costs more, doesn't have as much HD as Comcast, and is filled with too many lame videos.

Last night I watched the commercial again (for the 4000th time) and I noticed that they've changed the ending. The FIOS guy used to say "I'm going to write down your credit card number which I memorized when I was looking..." I always thought that was an odd line, pretty much insinuating that a Verizon rep would take someone's credit card number like that. But they've now taken that line out and replaced it with something else (though the new line escapes me at the moment - anyone?). I wonder if Verizon complained?

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Verizon FiOS to debut in NYC?

by Brad Trechak, posted May 28th 2008 10:01AM

Verizon HeadquartersVerizon Communications is hoping to have its FiOS TV service available to customers in New York City within the next two months. This would be a tremendous boon to those who subscribe to cable, as suddenly the choice for providers will increase from solely Time Warner.

From the article: "Verizon spokesman John Bonomo said the city's Franchise and Concession Review Committee had given the green light to the video service, which is delivered along with high-speed Internet over an all-fiber network and is meant to compete with cable television."

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Verizon plans 150 HD channels next year

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 2nd 2007 11:23AM
Verizon FiOSAccording to Engadget, Verizon is planning to expand its FiOS television service by launching an additional 150 HD channels by the end of 2008. The service has been experiencing bandwidth limitations that have prevented this from happening previously.

Franky. I think FiOS has more problems than just bandwidth limitations. It also suffers from a limited market. I tried ordering the service from Verizon and discovered it didn't reach my apartment building yet. I live in a fairly populated area near New York City, so I found this surprising.

While adding more HD channels is a noble objective, I think Verizon should also work on trying to get their service out to more customers and be a better competitor to cable. Does anybody out there use Verizon FiOS? If so, what do you think of the service?

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What's next for Verizon FiOS TV?

by Brad Linder, posted Oct 15th 2007 4:00PM
Verizon FiOS 2
Dave Zatz is continuing his investigative reporting on the next generation of Verizon's FiOS TV. A few months back Zatz uncovered some of the basic features included in the update. Now he's back with an in-depth look at Verizon's broadband television service.

First up, Verizon is turning the FiOS TV set top boxes into media extenders. You can already access photos and music from any PC on your home network. The next generation of this technology will let you stream video. And we mean pretty much any video, including MPEG4, DiVX, Flash, and so on. Verizon's software will transcode the video to MPEG2 on the fly for playback on your TV.

Verizon also plans to improve its mobile scheduling service, which lets you set recordings on your cellphone. You can browse a program guide, set recordings, and keep track of upcoming recordings. You can also delete recordings, adjust settings, and use voice search.

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More Verizon FiOS 2.0 pictures than you can shake a stick at

by Brad Linder, posted Jul 17th 2007 1:10PM
FiOS HD filterDave Zatz and Mari Silbey recently got a tour of Verizon's FiOS 2.0 TV service. It's currently only available to customers in the Ft. Wayne and Rhode Island markets, with plans to roll out nationwide later this summer.

The update to Verizon's FiOS TV service includes enhanced graphics, automatic updates, an improved search capability, and widgets for weather, traffic, and community information.

Zatz has some great screen shots showing the following features:
  • An indicator of how much free space you have left on your hard drive
  • Ability to configure the commercial skip button to fast forward 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, or 5 minutes
  • Search for HD only shows
  • Integrated video on demand
  • Ability to record shows and view program guides from your cellphone expected this fall

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Verizon begins rollout of FiOS TV 2.0

by Brad Linder, posted May 23rd 2007 4:30PM
FiOS 2,0 widgets
Verizon has launched the next version of its FiOS TV software in the Fort Wayne, Indiana market. Because you know, Fort Wayne is the epitome of cutting edge.

Anyway, the new interactive media guide looks pretty cool. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Enhanced 32-bit graphics with 16 million colors
  • Ability to view all channels, favorite channels, or subscribed channels, or HDTV channels only
  • New tabbed menu options
  • View the program guide in full-screen, half-screen, or mini modes
  • Automatic updates
  • Search live TV, On-Demand video, or programs recorded on your PVR
  • Enter text with a virtual keyboard, a cellphone-style multi-tap display, or using a scroll wheel
  • Widgets for weather, traffic, and community info
  • Market Place for ordering product,s browsing reviews, or viewing infomercials (does anyone do that on purpose?)

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Live TV on your cell phone

by Brett Love, posted Jan 8th 2007 2:03PM
Veronica Mars on a Treo 680Verizon announced what they are calling V Cast Mobile TV at CES. The service, which is set to begin sometime in the first quarter of this year, will allow subscribers to watch live TV on their cell phones. NBC, CBS, and Fox are already signed up. Along with live programming, recorded programs, like the late night talk shows, will also be available. The shows will feature the same advertising as the traditional feed.

Unfortunately, it sounds like you will need a new phone to take advantage of this. The service uses Qualcomm's MediaFLO system to broadcast the television signal on a different spectrum than the voice or data services. The new phones will come with a program guide and subscribers will be able to channel surf using their keypads. Related to this, subscribers to Verizon's FIOS television service will be able to program their DVRs from their phones as well.

The big question, how much this will cost, isn't answered. They plan to announce pricing and availability when they get closer to the launch date. If it's within reason, it would be an interesting novelty to have, but unless you are commuting by bus or train, I'm not sure I see the usefulness of the service.

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Verizon wants to offer YouTube on-demand via FiOS?

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 8th 2006 8:28PM
You Tube and VerizonAs a Verizon DSL customer, I've been eagerly anticipating to the arrival of their FiOS service to my neighborhood, mainly for the super-fast 15 Mbps download speed on their broadband serivce. But FiOS will also give customers the opportunity to get TV service, even though the jury's still out on whether it provides better value than the "evil" cable providers Verison is trying to defeat. But there's potential that the new service will bring something that neither cable nor satellite can provide: grainy videos of old commercials and teenagers getting hit in the groin.

Thaaat's right, folks: according to Reuters (via our blog cousins at Engadget), the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Verizon and YouTube are discussing an agreement where the recently-Googlified video site will provide content to Verizon via both it's VCAST mobile phone video service and to TVs via FiOS. The videos would be available on the FiOS service on an on-demand basis and likely for only a limited time.

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