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09/02/2011

Verizon's FiOS TV launches high school sports widget

UPDATE!!! List of high schools included in this post...

Just in time for the new high school football season, Verizon’s FiOS TV is launching a high school sports widget.

FiOS customers can use the FiOS1 High School Sports Widget to call up on-demand high school sports news, stats, photos, and video highlights for selected area high schools.

More than 500,000 households in the DFW FiOS service area will have access to the widget, which covers 38 area teams. FiOS is offering the widget with MaxPreps.com, an online high school sports leader and CBSports site.

To access the widget, FiOS customers can click on the “Widgets” button on their remote control, access high school football under “Sports” and “Featured,” and then click on the FiOS1 High School Sports Widget.

Content will update every few hours from MaxPreps in "frequent feeds," but won’t be real-time, Stefanie Scott, a Verizon spokeswoman, said.The widget is the latest FiOS offering to boost its sports lineup. Verizon said earlier this week that it's signed up The Longhorn Network, which will launch on FiOS TV in time for Saturday’s Rice-Texas game.

High schools covered by the widget include: Argyle, Carroll, Creekview, Ranchview, Newman Smith, RL Turner, Coppell, Denton, John H. Guyer, Billy Ryan, Garland, North Garland, South Garland, Rowlett, Sachse, Naaman Forest, Lakeview Centennial, Grapevine, Colleyville, Irving, MacArthur, Nimitz, Central, Fossil Ridge, Keller, Timber Creek, Flower Mound, Marcus, Lewisville, Hebron, The Colony, Byron Nelson, Northwest, Plano Senior, Plano East, Plano West, Wylie and Wylie East.

“Texans love football, and we are making the most of the immense capabilities of the FiOS network to deliver a unique gridiron experience for our customers,” said Shawne Angelle, president of operations for Verizon’s Texas region.

Scott Nishimura

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