Everyone looks forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family, but the holiday can be a high-anxiety time for those who struggle with putting together the perfect feast and family gathering. Verizon FiOS TV subscribers are well-armed for a stress-free holiday, with high-definition how-to videos from Howcast on Video on Demand (VOD). These helpful and often-humorous videos cover everything from cooking the perfect turkey to snagging the best bargains at the after-Thanksgiving Black Friday department store sales.
"Howcast videos are a wonderful antidote to holiday stress," said Shawn Strickland, vice president of FiOS product management for Verizon. "When you're up against the gun to put together a massive family dinner, a short, informative hands-on demo can save the day. The good-natured humor in many Howcast videos also helps lighten the mood, which is really the key to enjoying the holidays."
Thanksgiving-related videos from Howcast include "How to Host Your First Thanksgiving Dinner," "How to Solve the Most Common Thanksgiving Dinner Disasters" and "How to Make Homemade Thanksgiving Stuffing." To help FiOS TV customers create the highlight of the Thanksgiving meal, there are a variety of tips on how to carve or fry a turkey or "How to Cook a Quick and Easy Perfect Turkey".
Other Thanksgiving videos now available from Howcast for FiOS TV subscribers cover how to make a pilgrim costume and how to cut the post-Thanksgiving dinner cleanup in half. And for shoppers, there's a video on "How to Snag the Best Bargains on Black Friday". The how-to videos are available on FiOS TV at no extra charge.
The Thanksgiving 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 subscribers' 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.
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.