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Verizon Is First U.S. TV Provider to Offer Live, Multichannel HD TV App for Xbox One; Customers Can Use Their Voice, Gestures as the Remote
NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As Christmas nears and people line up to buy the latest tech gadgets and devices, FiOS customers are receiving an early gift: the immediate availability of the FiOS TV app for download on the Xbox One games and entertainment system from Microsoft.
People who are Xbox Live Gold members as well as FiOS TV and Internet service subscribers can watch up to 74 of the most popular live channels through Xbox One by using the free FiOS TV app. No additional hardware is required; and after downloading the app, customers can immediately start using voice and gesture commands to control the TV through Kinect for Xbox One.
(Note: For screenshots of the application and additional details, visit Verizon's residential news center here.)
"Gaming consoles have evolved into digital entertainment hubs, and partnering with Microsoft breaks down technology barriers and maximizes the value and enjoyment FiOS customers get from FiOS and their Xbox One," said John Wimsatt, Verizon's vice president of product development. "This is just the latest step we at Verizon are taking to deliver on the vision we have for our customers -- anything they want, on any device, anytime, anywhere."
In a revolutionary development for the living room, Xbox One brings together TV channels and entertainment apps into one seamless interface. Customers can create their own personal favorites through the Xbox One electronic program guide, called OneGuide, or pin their favorite apps and content to the home screen. For easy navigation, users can search for TV, movies, games or music scans across all apps to find exactly what they're looking for -- without having to hunt through each app individually or to juggle multiple screens across cable TV, video streaming services and other entertainment apps.
Survey: Gamers Find Bliss With Fastest Internet and Newest Consoles
New gaming consoles such as the Xbox One are highly sought after. For example, one-third of gamers would give up their car for six months to be first to get a new gaming system, according to the latest edition of the FiOS Innovation Index. The survey reached more than 900 people throughout the country for their views on technology, gaming and the connected home. Nearly two-thirds of the respondents said they want to watch streaming video on their game console.
The FiOS Innovation Index also found that 85 percent of consumers considered their home Internet the most important service in their residence – a 33 percent increase over the consumers in this category in last year's index.
For the eighth consecutive year, Verizon FiOS customers rated their Internet service tops, with FiOS again receiving the PCMag.com annual Reader's Choice Award. Not only did FiOS Internet earn the highest overall satisfaction rating in the well-regarded magazine's annual survey of its readership, but it secured the highest ratings in many other key categories, including speed, reliability and satisfaction with tech support. FiOS customers can choose to enjoy the Internet at speeds many times higher than the national average.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 101 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 178,300. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
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