Verizon FiOS TV has announced two new additions to their push for interactive TV experiences: Internet Video and the Widget Bazaar. These services are designed to expand consumers’ ability to access social applications on the Internet through their HDTV. Those with a FiOS TV can use services such as Facebook, Twitter and Dailymotion to connect with friends while they are watching their programming.
CBS has penned a deal to begin a trial run of offering their programming via Comcast’s On Demand Online service. CBS is the first broadcast TV provider to join up with the pay-TV service from Comcast, and has remained one of the notable few broadcasters to avoid joining forces with the free-TV service, Hulu.
The DTV transition may have unintended effects on consumer preference for antenna broadcasting. In a report by Harris Corporation, 55 percent of respondents were considering canceling their cable or satellite service altogether in favor of over-the-air, free, HD broadcasting through antennas.
Amazon has officially announced “Instant HD” videos on its online streaming service. Users can now watch a selection of over 500 HD movies and TV shows available on Amazon.com. HD movies are selling for $3.99 to $4.99, while an episode of an HD TV shows is selling for $2.99.
PBS’ HD On-demand programming service will be available to Comcast subscribers in a move to offer up even more programming to its digital cable customers. Many popular shows from PBS will be available On Demand, including “History Detectives”, “Nova”, “Antiques Roadshow”, and “Masterpiece”.