Verizon Brings The Web To The TV With Facebook, Twitter And Internet Videos July 15, 2009Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.
Tags: Interactive TV, Internet Video, TV, Verizon Fios TV, Widget Bazaar
Verizon FiOS TV continues to advance innovation leadership in interactive TV with the launch of two new and highly anticipated social TV services – the Widget Bazaar applications store and Internet Video on TV.
Verizon has worked with social media innovators Facebook Connect, Twitter, ESPN, Veoh, blip.tv, and Dailymotion to create a truly converged Internet-to-television experience that lets FiOS TV subscribers connect with others while watching TV, plus search and view a variety of online, personal PC-based videos on their television screens.
Verizon also plans an open development platform to permit developers to write interactive FiOS TV applications that will be available through the Widget Bazaar.
“With FiOS, passive TV becomes social TV, part of the sweeping cultural shift that’s changing how people connect with one another to share ideas, information and entertainment,” said Shawn Strickland, vice president, marketing for Verizon Telecom. According to a recent report by The Nielsen Company (“The Global Online Media Landscape, April 2009”), there are 87 percent more online social media users now than in 2003, with 883 percent more time devoted to social media sites. In February, social network usage exceeded Web-based e-mail usage for the first time.
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