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TiVo and Verizon launch remote scheduling

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 14th 2007 5:33PM
TiVoTiVo and Verizon officially launched their new partnership today, allowing Verizon Wireless customers to schedule TiVo recordings directly from their cell phone.

Verizon's not the only company offering such services, but this is good news for TiVo customers. Well, those that are frequently in the position where they want to schedule a TV recording from their phone. Given that you can already schedule recordings through TiVo's web site or through Yahoo! TV listings, I can't imagine the phone urge arises too often.

The service which will cost you $1.99 a month, will work with TiVo Series2 or Series3 boxes. On the phone side, you'll need a "Get It Now" capable phone, including the Samsung SCH-a950, LG Chocolate, and LG VX8300.

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Revver and Verizon bring online videos to FiOS TV

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 22nd 2007 11:31AM
RevverAs companies like Sling Media, TiVo, and Apple continue to release products and software upgrades that let you watch online or downloaded video on your TV, service providers like Comcast and Verizon are cutting out the middle man.

First, Comcast goes and partners with Facebook to bring some Facebook videos to an on-demand channel and an upcoming TV series. And now Verizon's gone and partnered with Revver to bring user generated videos to the phone company's television service.

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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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New Jersey grants Verizon statewide cable license

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 16th 2006 3:02PM
Verizon logoHuzzah! That was my reaction when I read the good news that my home state, New Jersey, has granted Verizon a statewide cable license. That means that they are free to offer their FiOS television service to any town in the state that they wish. And Verizon plans to do just that, as they have been busily installing the fiber optics needed to carry the FiOS TV and broadband services all over the state. The first 100 towns should be able to go online next week. Verizon is taking advantage of a new law that streamlined the process for providing state-wide licenses, instead of the old model where exclusive rights were negotiated by individual municipalities. Three other states have such a law: Texas, Kansas, and Indiana.

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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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Lost stars featured in new 'mobisodes'

by Anna Johns, posted May 23rd 2006 5:38PM
lost logoLost is the latest show to spin-off 'mobisodes', special short episodes for mobile phones. Starting this fall, Verizon will make the 2-3 minute segments available to its customers. The little spin-off episodes will actually feature the Lost stars, such as Josh Holloway and Evangeline Lilly, etc. Producer Carlton Cuse told SciFi Wire that the Lost producers insisted the stars of the show be part of the mobisodes. He said, "We don't want to do the 24 version, where you're dealing with characters you've never seen and have no relation to the central characters." Ouch.

[Via Pop Candy]

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Get Seth Cohen's comic on your phone

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 10th 2006 11:19AM
seth cohen; atomic countySeth Cohen's graphic novel is jumping off the small screen and onto an even smaller one. Seth's character on The O.C. created a graphic novel based on his family and friends, called Atomic County. That comic has been turned into a cartoon and will be available to Verizon wireless customers. The premise of the 14-episode series is that someone stole Seth's drawings and then the drawings come to life. The animated shorts will last three minutes. In addition, subscribers will get behind-the-scenes video and bloopers of The O.C.

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