Don’t like sports? Verizon is now offering a special FiOS TV package with 30 HD channels for $49.99 per month. Multichannel reports the new package, called “Select HD,” does not include dedicated base HD sports channels such as EPSN and NBA TV. Instead, the package includes over 140 options with channels such as TBS, CNN, AMC, The Discovery Channel, HGTV, and Fox News Channel.
Cox Communications, DISH and Verizon FiOS will be offering a free preview of Epix channels from Friday, Jan. 4 through Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. The previews will include both Standard Definition (480i) and High Definition (1080i) versions of the channels. The Epix network consists of 4 separate channels that include Epix, Epix2, Epix3, and Epix Drive-In (only available in SD). It appears the free channel previews will include both Epix and Epix2. See service provider channel listings below.
FiOS TV customers may not need their set-top box as much, as LG and Verizon have teamed up to offer 75 channels via the premium LG Smart TV App. Channels viewable through the app include popular networks such as HBO, Food Network, NFL Network, TBS, and VH1. The app also works with FiOS’ “Flex View” on-demand service offering over 25,000 movies and TV shows. Verizon customers need to have both FiOS TV and internet service to use the app, which can be found Smart World section on LG’s Smart TV interface.
Verizon has announced WatchESPN is now available through the newly launched EPSN app for Xbox 360. Verizon FiOS TV customers who have an Xbox LIVE Gold membership can use the service which provides HD-quality live programming from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater. In addition to live events from the NFL, MLB, NBA and other sports, Verizon FiOS TV customers can watch shows such as “SportsCenter,” “First Take,” “NFL Live,” “Baseball Tonight,” and “Mike & Mike in the Morning.” FiOS TV customers with Xbox 360 consoles can find and download the ESPN app from the screen library. Xbox LIVE Gold memberships start at $5 per month or $59.99 per year.
Free things don’t come as often as they should, so don’t miss this free weekend preview of HBO and Cinemax on Verizon’s FiOS TV service. The free previews of the premium movie channels start Friday, Sept. 14 and end Monday, …
Verizon FiOS TV customers will now get Tennis Channel HD again, after the channel was dropped last summer during the U.S. Open tournament. Tennis Channel HD will be available to customers who subscribe to the FiOS TV Ultimate HD package and premium Sports Packages. Tennis HD will cover Wimbledon, as well as the U.S. Open, French Open, Australian Open, Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and the men’s and women’s year-end championships.
Today Samsung officially announced that Verizon FiOS TV apps would soon be available for Samsung Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray players. Through the app, releasing this year, FiOS TV subscribers will be able to access 26 live TV channels including HD channels.
[UPDATED: Click Here] This year’s Super Bowl will be available streaming over the internet, as well as two wild card games and the Pro Bowl. NBC announced the news yesterday which will give viewers access to those games on PCs via NBC.com and NFL.com. Verizon Wireless customers, in an exclusive deal, will also be able to stream those games on tablets and smartphones. Customers with 3G service will have to pay an extra $10 per month for the Verizon Video subscription, while those with the 4G LTE plan will only need to download the NFL Mobile app and watch for free.
You think new HD channels are hard to come by these days? Well MSG HD is more than just a hi-def channel. It represents freedom for New York sports fans to choose another TV provider other than Cablevision. In a court ruling MSG Network will no longer be able to hoard the high-definition versions of the channels, although they had previously provided standard-def feeds. For Verizon customers, that means opening day for the Knicks game against the Boston Celtics will be available for the first time in HD.
Verizon will apparently launch a streaming product sometime in 2012 that will take on services such as Netflix, and potentially challenge traditional cable television services. The report from Reuters cites unnamed sources who are familiar with Verizon’s plans, which would roll out the service to markets that the company’s FiOS product doesn’t cover — making it available to approximately 85 million U.S. homes. Verizon’s FiOS TV currently serves about 5 million U.S. customers.
The new Xbox 360 Dashboard goes live Tuesday, featuring (another) new, brighter and whiter user interface, enhanced Kinect controls, cloud storage, streaming TV content, and more. Microsoft’s Major Nelson says the changes will include: New personal and social features including Cloud Storage for Game Saves and LIVE Profile
Starting this month Verizon FiOS TV subscribers with an Xbox Live Gold account will be able to download a free app to access live television. The app (developed by Verizon) will give subscribers 26 channels to choose from via Kinect interface, without any need to use a remote control. The channels will be pulled from the subscriber’s service package, although exactly which 26 channels will be available hasn’t been revealed. Microsoft did, however, mention several networks in their press release last month including Bravo, Syfy, EPIX, ESPN and HBO. The Xbox app will also deliver multichannel streaming in HD quality.
It’s been a long time coming but finally Verizon FiOS TV customers in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas will soon be able to get MSG HD. Verizon says both MSG and MSG+ are “ultimately expected” to be offered to customers in high-definition mid-December — although no exact date was given. For sports fans, that means local New York Knicks, Giants, Rangers, and New Jersey Devils games among other regional teams will be available to watch in HD.
E! HD has been added to the Verizon FiOS TV channel lineup. The new high-definition version can be found on Channel 696, while the standard-definition version can be found on Channel 196. Popular E! shows now available in hi-def to FiOS TV subscribers include “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” The Soup,” and and “True Hollywood Story.”
Confirming the rumors we reported last week, Microsoft is indeed bringing video content from Comcast, Verizon FiOS and others to Xbox Live this holiday season. Calling it a “new era in television,” the official press release boasts of nearly 40 TV and entertainment providers joining in, including Bravo, HBO GO, SyFy, BBC, and a host of others from other countries. It’s expected to arrive with the fall Dashboard update, which rumor has it will be November 15. Kinect functionality will also be significantly expanded, as users will be able to use voice commands to search for programming through the Bing engine.
In New York, FCC orders Cablevision to provide high-definition feeds to competitors.
Great news for sports fans in the New York area. Yesterday, the FCC ordered Cablevision to start providing HD feeds of its MSG and MSG+ sports channels to competing service providers. That means that Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse subscribers will finally be able to get high definition feeds of MSG Network (Madison Square Garden Network) games including the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, and New York Giants, among other teams.
FEARnet announced they have signed long-term deals with Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS, as well as signing a linear carriage deal with Comcast. The expansion has put FEARnet HD on Comcast channel 1865 in Philadelphia, nationwide on Verizon FiOS channel 197, and will bring FEARnet HD to Time Warner Cable subscribers on May 11.
Epix announced today release of apps supporting over 100 devices including mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc and other media players. Verizon will be the first service provider to offer the apps to FiOS TV customers, who will now have more access to Epix movies wherever they go. Epix says some customers will get a free trial of the channel for a limited time.
Verizon and Starz Entertainment came to a multi-year agreement to continue offering Starz channels and to expand channel offerings for FiOS TV customers. The Starz channels will be offered in both SD and HD, and the agreement includes Starz Entertainment VOD channels.
Verizon says they will roll out 100Gbps in selected market segments including Chicago to New York, Sacramento to Los Angeles and Minneapolis to Kansas City. The 100Gbps network will be the first in the U.S. and will launch by the end of the second quarter.