07.24.2009Personal Tech

Hewlett, Long Island, Family Wins Verizon's My FiOS Home: Ultimate Upgrade Contest

After eight weeks of casting events and a plethora of unique and creative home videos that were submitted, Hewlett, Long Island, residents Karen and Scott Rosen have been named the winners of Verizon's My FiOS Home: Ultimate Upgrade contest. The Rosens are the lucky winners of a new home-technology makeover valued at $20,000 and are set to star in their own reality show.

The My FiOS Home: Ultimate Upgrade contest encouraged consumers in the New York metropolitan area to create videos explaining why their home should receive a FiOS Ultimate Home Upgrade – including Verizon's innovative FiOS TV and Internet services. The Rosen's 90-second video was selected as the most original of all entries by a panel of judges and consumers' online voting.

"Verizon congratulates the Rosen family, and we are thrilled to provide them with the ultimate home-entertainment experience, powered by Verizon FiOS," said Chris Creager, Verizon president for the Northeast region. "The My FiOS Home: Ultimate Upgrade contest enabled everyone to experience FiOS' superior entertainment and broadband services and possibly win some amazing prizes while having fun at the same time.

The grand prize, valued at $20,000, includes Free Verizon FiOS service for one year, a 55-inch LCD HDTV, a 40-inch LCD HDTV, a 5.1-Channel Blu-ray Disc Player Home Theater System, a surround-sound speaker package and a laptop computer. The Rosens will star in a 28-minute, vignette-style reality show capturing their experiences – from their initial selection, to installation of their FiOS Ultimate Home Upgrade, to their personal interaction with FiOS' game-changing TV and blazing-fast Internet service. The TV program, featuring the Rosen family, will showcase real-life experiences using Verizon's voice, TV and Internet services and air online and on FiOS1 in September.

Additionally, two "Fan Favorite" video winners – as determined by judges and consumers' daily online voting – each will receive a 40-inch LCD HDTV and a laptop computer. The "Fan Favorite" winners will be announced shortly. Consumers voting for "Fan Favorites" will automatically be entered for a weekly drawing to win a Web cam.