Verizon, we need to talk. It isn't that we don't love your fast and reliable internet and we still really appreciate the fact that you don't mess up our favorite channels by recompresing them, but this 3D thing is really starting to get between us. You see we love to keep up with the latest technology, which is usually a reason to love FiOS, and you continue to deprive us of 3D while giving it to others. It was bad enough when you broadcasted some 3D NFL preseason football
and a Yankees game
to only your New York customers, but then it really hurt when you signed a new deal with ESPN
, only to delay the launch of ESPN 3D
until after the end of the College Football season; adding other channels in the meantime. But now your going to offer 10 additional
3D movies via VOD starting November 16th from Disney and Warner, which can only be accessed by customers who accept your pitiful HD DVR and its 160GB hard drive
. Sure, you just started shipping a 500GB model
, but it's hardly widely available and still can't even render a 16x9 guide. We're not saying this is the end for us, we're just letting you know how we feel and that we're not sure how much more pain we can't take from this relationship. Sincerely, HD lovin' 3D fans who are lucky enough to live in the Verizon FiOS TV footprint.
Verizon FiOS to Feature Multiple 3D Films This Year
Ten 3D Movies Will Be Featured on FiOS TV Video on Demand, With More to Come
NEW YORK – October 29, 2010 –
During the next two months Verizon FiOS TV customers will have a chance to see more 3D programming, with the launch of 10 feature films on demand. Beginning with the premiere of "Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore" on Nov. 16, and ending with "Disney's A Christmas Carol" and "Step Up 3D" in December, Verizon will make a series of video-on-demand titles available in 3D throughout the next two months. More titles will follow early next year.
The seven other 3D films, which will be available beginning Nov. 16, are: "Chicken Little," "Bolt" and "Meet the Robinsons" from Walt Disney Pictures, and "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "Under the Sea," "Deep Sea" and "NASCAR" from Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.
"Verizon is continuing to develop 3D experiences for our FiOS TV customers, and now that includes access to video-on-demand titles available at their convenience," said Tricia Lynch, director of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon. "This selection of 3D movies allows our customers to see what 3D on FiOS TV is really like - with the advanced picture quality and sound that makes FiOS the ultimate home-entertainment experience."
The 3D VOD movies are available to all FiOS TV customers across the country who have a 3D television set, 3D glasses and a high-definition set-top box. FiOS TV customers can find the 3D movies in the "High Definition" VOD folder, under HD 3D and the "Movies" VOD folder under 3D Movies.
The launch of these 3D movies marks Verizon's latest major 3D initiative this year. On Sept. 2, Verizon exclusively produced and broadcast the first televised National Football League game in 3D, the preseason match-up between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. And on July 10 and 11, the company broadcast the first Major League Baseball games in 3D, between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners
The 3D movies join FiOS TV's leading VOD service, which includes 18,000 monthly titles. In addition, FiOS offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 520 all-digital channels including up to 140 HD channels. FiOS also provides next-generation interactive services including an advanced interactive media guide; social networking, news and entertainment widgets; remote DVR management via broadband or cell phone; and more.
For the latest news, updates and information about FiOS TV, visit www.verizon.com/newscenter and http://www.verizon.com/athomeblog.