Verizon Upgrades FiOS TV's Guide, Plans Net Video

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Las Vegas -- Verizon Communications Sunday announced an enhanced media guide for FiOS TV and said it plans to deliver Internet video to TV subscribers later this year, including user-generated content from

The new FiOS media guide, developed by Verizon, lets viewers scan through broadcast, on-demand and recorded content from a single search screen. It also allows subscribers to program digital-video recorders and change parental-control settings from a Web browser -- a feature the company plans to provide through Verizon Wireless cellular phones later in 2007.

Verizon said FiOS TV customers in New Jersey will be the first to receive the new TV applications. By midyear, the telco expects to roll them out to all subscribers in the 10 states where the service is currently offered.

Later in the year, Verizon said it will deliver Internet radio and video content to the TV sets of FiOS TV customers, including user-generated content like that from In another feature still in the works, the guide would allow viewers to rate programs and then provide recommendations based on personal preferences.

The company made the announcement at a joint press conference here with Verizon Wireless, which officially launched its V CAST Mobile TV live-television service Sunday ().