10.19.2009Personal Tech

Howcast's HD How-To Videos on Verizon FiOS TV Make It Easy to Get Ready for Halloween

As Halloween approaches, Verizon FiOS TV is ready for one of America's favorite holidays - with high-definition how-to videos from Howcast on Video on Demand (VOD).  FiOS families can find all kinds of ideas, from making costumes to checking kids' candy, and a wide variety of other Howcast expert tips.

There are great ideas for easy-to-make costumes, including vampires, cowboys, pirates and ghosts.  Subscribers to FiOS TV can check out "How To Make a Werewolf Costume" - Part 1 and Part 2 - and "How To Make a Where the Wild Things Are Children's Halloween Costume."

Every trick-or-treater will want to look at "How To Get The Most Halloween Candy," and parents will want to view "How To Check Your Kids' Halloween Candy," with a few simple precautions to make sure the goodies are really good.  Other Halloween videos now available from Howcast for FiOS TV subscribers cover how to carve a pumpkin or to tell a ghost story.  The how-to videos are available at no extra charge.

"Every busy family can use some great ideas to get ready for Halloween," said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon.  "Verizon's FiOS TV and Howcast make it quick and easy to find just the right Halloween help."

Jason Liebman, CEO and co-founder of Howcast.com, said, "FiOS TV has provided Howcast an amazing platform to bring our how-to videos in HD quality directly to consumers' televisions.  We are excited to partner with Verizon and provide FiOS TV customers with a Halloween survival guide that provides how-to solutions tailored for the holiday."

The Halloween tips are among hundreds of Howcast videos on FiOS TV Video on Demand, which are available by simply pressing the "VOD" or "On Demand" button on the FiOS remote control, by using the menu on FiOS TV's Interactive Media Guide, or by selecting the VOD channel.

Verizon FiOS TV is the leader in bringing the best of the Web to its customers' home-entertainment systems.   In addition to offering Howcast videos in HD, Verizon has worked with social media innovators Facebook Connect, Twitter, ESPN, Veoh, blip.tv and Dailymotion to create a truly converged Internet-to-television experience that lets FiOS TV subscribers connect with others while watching TV, plus search and view on their TV screens a variety of online, personal PC-based videos.

FiOS TV's industry-leading VOD service offers more than 16,000 titles per month, 70 percent of which are free.  This includes everything from popular movies and concerts to exercise and kids programming - all watched in the comfort of consumers' living rooms.  FiOS TV VOD also features more than 1,700 HD titles per month, more than 1,300 of which are free.

FiOS TV offers a broad collection of programming, with 500 all-digital channels, including more than 122 HD channels.  The service also offers an innovative Interactive Media Guide that provides next-generation, personalized interactive services, including news and entertainment widgets, ESPN Fantasy Football, a robust search engine, and many other features.

For the latest news, updates and information about FiOS TV visit www.verizon.com/newscenter and www.verizon.com/athomeblog.

About Howcast
From How to Write a Resume to How to Jump-Start Your Car, Howcast provides the answer to any how-to question and engages consumers to watch and share free, useful how-to videos and guides produced in-house at Howcast Studios, as well as by innovative media partners, trusted brands, and individual contributors. This content is distributed across a growing network of web, mobile, and cable partners, including such notable destinations as YouTube, MySpace, Hulu, AOL, Yahoo!, Comcast, Apple, TiVo and Verizon. In just over a year, Howcast been named a top web site of 2008 by both TIME and PC Magazine, nominated for two Webby Awards and has had its iPhone app featured in an Apple iPhone commercial.