4 posts categorized "Television-Sports"

12/16/2011

Charter launches TiVo Premiere in Fort Worth

Charter Communications cable TV customers in the Fort Worth market now have access to TiVo through Charter for the first time.

Charter is launching TiVo service across its markets through the first half of 2012, and is already making it avaialble in the Fort Worth area.

“Tivo Premiere,” as the package is called, blends TV channels with Charter on Demand interactive content, YouTube and more. Customers can begin a recording in one room, pause it, and pick it up in another room.

Free iPhone and iPad apps allow customers to search, browse, and share entertainment without interrupting what’s on TV, allow customers to use their devices as remote controls. An Android app is upcoming in 2012, Charter says.

“We’ve had DVRs for several years,” Kevin Allen, a Charter spokesman in Fort Worth, said. “We’ll still offer the other DVRs. This is an additional offer. It’s top of the line. It’s the best DVR product.

TiVo boxes cost $20 per month for the first box, and $10 per month for secondary boxes.

- Scott Nishimura

11/30/2011

Verizon FiOS TV customers can now get the Longhorn Network online

Verizon FiOS TV customers who get the Longhorn Network as part of their video subscription service can now get the same programming live online on their PCs and laptops, Verizon reports today.

“FiOS TV customers who receive Longhorn Network as part of their video subscription service will be able to enjoy the network’s exclusive live events and content on their laptops or personal computers, at home or away, using any broadband connection,” Verizon said.

Verizon FiOS and Longhorn Network said they expect to extend online streaming to tablets and smartphones “sometime next year.”

The live stream is available at www.verizon.com/fiostvonline or LonghornNetwork.com through customers’ Verizon Online user names and passwords, Verizon said.

Asked if it's possible Verizon and Longhorn Network could eventually agree to livestream the content to non-FiOS customers, Stefanie Scott, a Verizon spokeswoman, said "this is for FiOS customers. There are no plans to expand it."

 “No question, Texas Longhorn fans are some of the most enthusiastic in college sports, and we’re providing another option to catch the latest developments on the field – anywhere, anytime,” Terry Denson, vice president, global strategy for Verizon, said in a release.

“It’s a great new way for students, alumni and UT fans everywhere to access Longhorn Network round-the-clock,” David Preschlack, executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, said in a release.

Upcoming programming includse men’s and women’s basketball games; the Horns’ nationally-ranked women’s volleyball program; and studio and original programming such as “Longhorn Extra,” “Game Plan with Mack Brown,” “Texas All-Access,” “Texas GameDay” and “Texas GameDay Final.”

FiOS, Verizon’s fiber optic TV offering, has more than 540 all-digital channels including more than 130 HD channels and 30,000 monthly video-on-demand titles. In Texas, FiOS TV Prime HD, Extreme HD and Ultimate HD subscribers can watch the Longhorn Network on Channels 79 (standard definition) and 579 (high definition).

ESPN has a 20-year deal to own and operate the Longhorn Network, the 24/7 channel dedicated to athletic programming related to the University of Texas.

- Scott Nishimura

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

08/29/2011

Verizon's FiOS TV picks up Longhorn Network

Verizon’s FiOS TV has signed up the Longhorn Network, with a scheduled Sept. 1 debut.

The Longhorn Network is devoted to sports programming and related activities at the University of Texas.

Under the national distribution agreement, FiOS TV Ultimate HD subscribers outside of Texas can watch the Longhorn Network on Channel 320. In Texas, FiOS TV Prime HD, Extreme HD and Ultimate HD subscribers can watch the network on Channels 79 (standard definition) and 579 (high definition).

Verizon said the Longhorn Network also will be available online “in the near future” -- on tablets and smartphones for fans with a Verizon FiOS TV plan.

“Verizon is the largest video service provider to date to announce the addition of the Longhorn Network to its channel lineup,” Verizon said.

- Scott Nishimura

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