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HDTV Expert - Faster Broadband Means Abandoning the Pay TV Ship

By Pete Putman • Jun 4 2013, 2:10pm

Pay TV system operators may be shooting themselves in the foot as they try to keep up with Verizon and Google Fiber.


Samsung and Verizon Release Current FiOS TV App; Now featuring 75 Channels for a New Level of Entertainment Anywhere in the Home

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 29 2013, 4:07am

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced that the FiOS TV app now supports 75 live channels and is available for compatible Samsung 2011 and 2012 Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray™ players.

The app, initially released in July on the Samsung Smart Hub platform, now lets Verizon's FiOS TV and FiOS Internet subscribers watch 75 live FiOS TV channels and more than 25,000 FlexView on-demand movies and TV shows on these TVs and Blu-ray players without requiring a set-top box. This furthers both Samsung's and Verizon's commitment to developing ways to help consumers enjoy "TV Everywhere."

FiOS subscribers that have FiOS TV and FiOS Internet subscriptions can easily download...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #543: Google Fiber TV

By The HT Guys • Aug 10 2012, 5:53am

We've been wondering for a while when the Sage TV technology would make its way back to the market as a Google offering and rumor has it, the day has arrived. The information circulating in the blogosphere is that the Sage TV team helped provide some of the tech behind the new Google Fiber TV that was recently unveiled. The service looks very intriguing, and knowing that it's backed by Sage TV know-how is even more reassuring.

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HDTV Almanac - Verizon Jacks Up the Speed

By Alfred Poor • Jun 21 2012, 1:00pm

Verizon’s FiOS service has become very popular with some users for its outstanding broadband service speeds. It doesn’t seem that long ago that getting a couple Mbps over DSL was amazing; now FiOS service starts at 15 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload. And Verizon has now raised the ante. Recognizing that broadband households are [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Cable Loses; Telco Wins; SatTV Draws

By Alfred Poor • May 16 2012, 1:00pm

The Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) recently reported on the pay television service subscriber counts for 2011. The numbers have not really changed much compared with 2010. The big losers continue to be the cable companies; the top 10 U.S. cable services lost more than 1.6 million subscribers in 2011. The telco services (Verizon’s FiOS and [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #504: New ways to watch TV

By The HT Guys • Nov 11 2011, 8:37am

Going way back in the history of watching TV at home, we all used to have antennas so we could watch over the air broadcasts. Eventually Cable TV service emerged and changed the way we would get our favorite shows at home. Then came Satellite, then IPTV and we were in heaven. Fast forward a few years and prices for TV service have constantly skyrocketed, leading us all to become frustrated at the lack of options. But there may be a way out.


Industry's First Integrated Wireless Receiver Gives U-verse TV Customers More Freedom to Easily Watch TV Anywhere, in Any Room in the Home

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 25 2011, 9:59pm

You've probably always arranged your living room furniture around one fixture, without even thinking twice about it: the TV and TV outlet. For the first time ever, U-verse TV customers have the flexibility to set up their TV virtually wherever they want it — anywhere, in any room, on any wall.

The AT&T* U-verse® TV Wireless Receiver is the first fully-integrated wireless receiver available from any TV provider, and gives U-verse TV customers even more freedom to watch TV when and where they want it, including rooms without an existing U-verse outlet. The Wireless Receiver will be available for order on...

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Verizon Adds E! HD to FiOS TV Channel Lineup

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 24 2011, 9:14pm

Verizon is giving FiOS TV subscribers more high-definition programming, with the launch of E! HD. The new addition to the FiOS TV lineup offers E! Entertainment's popular programming dedicated to the world of celebrity and entertainment.

E! HD is now available to...

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HDTV Almanac - EPIX Multi-Screen Strategy

By Alfred Poor • Apr 29 2011, 1:00pm

EPIX is a a movie channel for subscription TV services including cable, satellite, and telco (such as Verizon’s FiOS). It boasts recent releases from major studios, including Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM. But you aren’t just limited to watching the movies and other programming on your TV service when they are scheduled; EPIX is also a [...]


Panasonic and Verizon Demonstrate an Industry-First at the International Consumer Electronics Show: Full HD 3D Video Over Verizon's FiOS All-Fiber-Optic Network

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2011, 3:15am

Full-resolution high-definition 3D transmission via a premium TV service provider became a reality at this year's 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show. Verizon and Panasonic, a leader in Full HD 3D technology, are streaming Full HD 3D, currently the highest-possible resolution of 3D video, via Verizon's 100 percent fiber-optic FiOS TV service.

The first-of-its-kind demonstration (in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center Room S228) was made possible...


Verizon FiOS Scores First NFL Game on 3D TV: Giants-Patriots Preseason Match-Up on Sept. 2

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 11 2010, 11:09pm

Verizon is kicking off the football season with the production and broadcast of the first National Football League game in 3D on television for the company's FiOS TV customers in parts of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The game is the Sept. 2 preseason match-up between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Coverage begins at...


HDTV Expert - FiOS is coming! (Yawn…)

By Pete Putman • Jul 26 2010, 3:45pm

After six years of waiting, Verizon is finally building out FiOS connections in my neighborhood. Hey - shouldn't I be more excited?

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Verizon Adds Two New HD Channels to FiOS TV Lineup: Nat Geo WILD HD and Investigation Discovery HD

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 20 2010, 2:25am

Verizon's FiOS TV customers are seeing two new high-definition channels this month, as the company launches Nat Geo WILD HD and Investigation Discovery HD. These two channels join FiOS TV's extensive channel lineup, which includes up to 142 HD channels and more than 3,300 HD video-on-demand titles every month -- the best in HD entertainment.

Nat Geo WILD HD, a new cable network dedicated to extraordinary nature and wildlife programming, is available starting...

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HDTV Almanac - Time Warner and Cox Need More Fiber

By Alfred Poor • May 12 2010, 1:00pm

According to an Associated Press story last week, the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus issued a decision that Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications should drop their claims of “fiber-optic” networks in their advertising.
The decision came in response to a complaint filed by Verizon with the NAD, which is [...]

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AT&T U-verse TV Lineup Expands to Include Four New HD Channels

By Shane Sturgeon • May 11 2010, 3:32am

AT&T* today announced four new High Definition (HD) channel additions to the AT&T U-verse® TV channel lineup.

U-verse TV HD customers can now enjoy access to HLN HD, Discovery Kids HD, truTV HD and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) HD as part of their existing HD service subscription, depending on their programming package. The U-verse TV HD channel lineup offers more than 130 HD channels, which continues to exceed the HD channels offered by the major local cable providers in every U-verse TV market.

All U-verse TV packages include...

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HDTV Almanac - Broader Band on the Way

By Alfred Poor • Mar 4 2010, 1:00pm

Last month, two giants held forth the prospect of faster broadband Internet connections to the home. First, Google announced that it was going to build a trial fiber network designed to deliver 1 Gbps bandwidth to subscribers, about 100 times faster than most broadband services. Then the Financial Times reported that Cisco was also developing [...]


HDTV Almanac - Fighting Over the Phone

By Alfred Poor • Mar 3 2010, 1:00pm

If you can’t agree with your housemates about what to watch, a deathgrip on the remote control may no longer be a winning strategy. Verizon has announced that FiOS customers who have a Motorola Droid or HTC Imagio cell phone can download an app that lets them control their FiOS television set top box using [...]


HDTV Almanac - Fiber for Your HDMI

By Alfred Poor • Oct 9 2009, 1:00pm

How big is your living room? Probably not too big for Gefen’s DVI-1600HD. This professional level device is overkill for most residential installations, but it does let you run an HDMI connection farther than you normally can. How does up to two kilometers sound? The system relies on four strands of optic fiber cable. If [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Program DVR on Your Cell Phone

By Alfred Poor • Aug 13 2009, 1:00pm

Verizon announced on Tuesday that any FiOS TV DVR users can now program and manage their DVR remotely, using a cell phone. This free service can be accessed either using a special application for select phones, or through a mobile Web site that you can reach from any phone that has access to the Internet. [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #338 - Can IPTV replace Cable and Satellite?

By The HT Guys • Dec 19 2008, 7:05am

We've talked about wanting to give our television providers the boot for the past two years now. In the end, at least for us, there is no way to eliminate them completely. This week while reading an article in Broadcasting and Cable entitled Web Sports Enters HD Arena we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the subject. For this study we looked at our viewing habits and tried to come up with online equivalents.