Category: Fios

Verizon adds WiFi

Starting this week, millions of Verizon High Speed Internet and Fios Internet customers will have access to thousands of wireless hotspots across the country. Verizon has teamed up with Boingo to provide the hotspots, which will provide high speed internet access at locations at various public places including many hotels, airports, restaurants, coffee shops, retailers, and convention centers.

This new feature pairs nicely with the current free Compaq Netbook promotion that Verizon is running. It’s apparent that broadband access is morphing into a more seamless, go anywhere product. In the future we can expect home broadband, wifi hotspots, and wireless 3G/4G broadband, and Wimax to become a single seamless product offering.

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Category: U-Verse

AT&T U-verse Availability

AT&T recently announced a milestone of a record 284,000 net U-Verse TV subscribers in the first quarter of 2009. This drives the total number of subscribers to more than 1.3 million. When coupled with the number of people who have subscribed to AT&T Advanced TV services, the total number of customers exceeds more than 3.5 million. The record number of U-verse TV subscriber additions was achieved in the first full quarter that AT&T’s Total Home DVR became available in U-verse TV markets.

Customer demand for U-verse TV is growing rapidly as AT&T continues to expand availability into more markets and launch a variety of new service enhancements. As of May 2009, U-verse TV is available in approximately 93 markets across 19 states. Its advanced fiber network is said to cover an estimated 18 million living units throughout the country. According to statistics, nearly 50% of AT&T U-Verse TV customers sign up for one of the two largest programming packages while over 90% of subscribers bundle U-Verse TV with the High Speed Internet service. U-verse Voice, AT&T’s IP-based phone service, is now available in 80 markets. This service was first introduced in Detroit Michigan back in January, 2008.

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Category: Gadgets

Google G1 Android Phone Review

With AT&T’s exclusive rights to the Apple iPhone, the rest of the nation’s cell phone providers have been scrambling to introduce a viable smartphone competitor. For T-Mobile, their first attempt at touch screen Internet technology comes in the form of the Google G1. Seeing as how I was due for a phone upgrade on my T-Mobile account and I was specifically looking for full Internet capability, the G1 seemed like a good fit.

Now that the G1 has been a part of my daily life for more than a month, I can safely say that I am generally satisfied with my purchase. However, that’s not to say that I don’t have a few complaints.

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Category: Fios, Satellite TV

An Intro to Video on Demand (VOD)

Video on Demand (VOD) services, typically offered by cable and telecom carriers, allow customers to play movies, TV shows, or any kind of video when they want to see it. Many cable networks, both basic and premium, offer VOD channels which allow customers to play shows or movies that have already been broadcast on their networks. Some VOD services also allow customers to download video to a digital video recorder (DVR), computer, or portable media player. Pay-Per-View (PPV) is another well known variety of VOD in which customers must pay an additional fee to view a movie or a live event before they are granted access to see it.

If you subscribe to basic cable and premium channels, like HBO or Showtime, many cable companies and telecom carriers will offer free or low cost VOD channels that carry shows that were previously broadcast on the corresponding cable and premium channels. If you miss an episode of your favorite cable show, within a few days of the original airing, that episode will be available via VOD. Please note that not all shows aired on every network will appear on VOD. Cable providers like Time Warner and Comcast are adding new VOD channels constantly, so expect an ever expanding list of VOD offerings.

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Category: Fios

Does TiVo Work with Verizon Fios TV?

Verizon’s Fios TV service is growing increasingly popular as it becomes available in more areas. More people are coming to discover that the picture quality and speed towers over both cable and satellite by far. While the service has proven to be a viable alternative to traditional TV mediums, there are still a few consumers who are reluctant to make the switch. These are primarily those who have invested in a TiVo and do not want to part ways with their super-functional DVR. TiVo lovers will be happy to know that America’s favorite DVR does indeed work with Verizon Fios TV.

Why TiVo?

If you are familiar with Fios, you probably know that Verizon has its own version of the DVR in the Motorola QIP series. This receiver offers all the basic functionality but TiVo it is not.

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Category: Gadgets

How is TiVO different from my cable company’s DVR?

TiVO was one of the first Digital Video Recording (DVR) devices sold to consumers, and helped to establish the DVR industry. The functionality offered in most cable and satellite company DVRs was first introduced in the TiVO, and the cable companies emulate it in an attempt to compete with TiVO. Everyone who has a DVR from their local cable or satellite company owes a debt of gratitude to TiVO for blazing the trail.

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Category: Satellite TV

Why is NFL Sunday ticket only on DirecTV?

NFL Sunday Ticket is an exclusive sports package only offered via DirecTV. This package was designed to allow customers to see NFL games from outside of their region every Sunday. The subscriber gains access to over 200 games over the course of the season, and up to 14 games every weekend. Sunday Ticket also provides the customer with the ability to track the stats of up to 18 players of their choosing throughout the season. Throughout the broadcast, you can check multi and single-game scoreboards, and there is a channel dedicated to providing updates and statistics from around the league. Sunday Ticket Superfans can also watch up to 12 games per week in HD.

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Category: Fios

How to Record from Fios to DVD

Verizon’s Fios service is slowly spreading throughout their American markets, and as the user community grows, people switching from various cable and satellite companies are finding the transition more difficult than they anticipated. Recording shows to DVD has sparked a lot of discussion in various web forums, because it has posed a challenge to Fios customers. Since Verizon’s channel lineup is mostly in the digital spectrum, and will eventually be completely digital, recording video directly to DVD is not as easy as it is with channels in the analog spectrum. There are, however, some relatively easy ways to accomplish the transfer.

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Category: Fios

Fios will Offer MLB Extra Innings in 2009

Fios TV has been sweeping the nation, offering a superb quality that sees more and more customers trading in their cable boxes and satellite dishes for the speed of Verizon’s fiber-optic technology. While Verizon is frequently adding to its channel lineup, sports fanatics, baseball fans in particular, have been deprived of the 24-hour access needed to keep up with their favorite teams. If it was the lack of Major League Baseball programming that kept you from ordering Fios TV, the recent addition of MLB Extra Innings should serve as that incentive for upgrading to this amazing television service.

In November, 2008, Verizon announced that it would be offering the MLB Extra Inning package with its Fios TV service, all thanks to the inking of a multi-year deal with the MLB. The two entities had been in talks for sometime and much to the delight of baseball fans, an agreement was finally secured. Per the agreement, Verizon will deliver baseball fans an estimated 80 games from around the league each week. With the stunning picture quality offered by Fios TV, you will feel like you’re watching the game front row seat in the ball park rather than at home on the couch.

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Category: Fios

What are Fios Widgets?

Verizon added much functionality to its popular television service with a free interactive feature known as Fios Widgets. Introduced in 2006, Fios Widgets represented the first of numerous product enhancements that allow subscribers to not only control, but share entertainment and data throughout their homes. This feature offers easy, one-touch on-demand access to traffic and weather in real-time. Fios subscribers simply use their remote controls to display live information on their TV screens all without interrupting the program they are currently viewing.

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