The media hub also functions as a dual-tuner DVR on which viewers can watch one program while recording another. The recorder also incorporates a feature called Media Manager which interfaces to their personal computer and allows photos and music stored on the computer to be accessed from any of the three connected TV sets.
According to Verizon, customers don't have to set up a complex home network. However Verizon has not specified how the STBs are connected to the DVR.
Future releases of Home Media DVR will increase the number of set-top boxes that can simultaneously access recorded programs, provide playback of protected content on the PC, and permit playback of home videos stored on the PC.
Verizon says both functions are supported by software and technology already built into the FiOS platform on its fibre-to-the-premises network. Verizon's FiOS TV provides up to 180 channels, including two dozen high-definition channels, and up to 2,500 video-on-demand. It is delivered over Verizon's fibre-to-the-premises network to communities in parts of seven states: California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and Texas.
The latest development will increase the service's competitiveness of FiOS versus cable. Verizon says it is expanding the network as it obtains local franchises giving it the legal authority to do so. And it claims that "several independent studies have shown that cable companies respond with lower prices in markets where Verizon offers its highly competitive FiOS TV service."
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Tracking the telecoms industry since 1989, Stuart has been awarded Journalist Of The Year by the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (twice) and by the Service Providers Action Network. In 2010 he received the 'Kester' lifetime achievement award in the Consensus IT Writers Awards and was made a Lifetime Member of the Telecommunications Society of Australia. He was born in the UK, came to Australia in 1980 and has been here ever since.