A while back I journeyed up to Verizon HQ with Motorolan Evan Groat to talk about FiOS TV and the underlying Motorola hardware platform. We met up with Verizon’s Steven Haire and blogger/tweeter extraordinaire John Czwartacki, and, for several hours, not only talked, but shot video of some of the best FiOS TV features in action. The video above splices together segments of the conversation with b-roll of multi-room DVR, the latest widgets in the FiOS IMG 1.6 guide, and new menu options for VOD and Media Manager.
Part of the genesis of this video was the launch of HD support for multi-room DVR (rolling out to the entire FiOS footprint by the end of the year) and the addition of video to Media Manager’s PC-to-TV networking. I have said time and time again that in-home networking capabilities should be getting more attention than they do. For all the blog talk about hooking up media extenders and buying the right cables for the right ports to connect TVs and PCs, those solutions are simply not practical for most people. The networking process is invisible with FiOS, just the way it should be.
A few notes on the technology side of things. First, Motorola has worked extremely closely with Verizon to make the in-home networking applications possible. Continued updates to the hardware platform have made it possible to stream HD and support the high levels of processing required for graphic-rich features including gaming and VOD cover art. Second, pay attention to the discussion in the video on IPTV. While Verizon’s network isn’t all IP, the operator is continually adding IP applications to FiOS TV to personalize the service and make it more interactive. Third, did you know EBIF is embedded in IMG 1.6? Despite being around for years, the interactive TV standard is getting mass deployments for the first time. Verizon isn’t the only one focused on EBIF either.
Finally, keep in mind that the video here was shot entirely with a Flip video camera and edited with Windows Movie Maker. Be kind to an amateur!
Final, final note: You’ll see stacks of set-tops in the multi-room DVR set-up. That’s not because you need stacks of set-tops to make multi-room DVR work. The Verizon demo/conference room is set up that way to illustrate performance among groups of subscribers.