PHILADELPHIA - Three more families will get a complete high-tech makeover of their homes, which will be upgraded with the latest networking, home entertainment and gaming technology and products - including Verizon's innovative FiOS services. The home-technology makeovers will become the basis for the next three episodes of the Verizon-sponsored TV show "My Home 2.0," and will air later this year.
Verizon delivers FiOS Internet and TV services over the company's all-digital, fiber-optic-powered network straight to consumers' homes - the only company in the nation to do so on a large scale.
FiOS TV is currently available to more that 587,000 households in 200 communities in southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.
The recipients of this year's home-technology makeovers are two families from New Castle County, Del., and a family from Montgomery County, Pa. Each family's reaction at seeing their makeover for the first time will be captured on the TV show. The families will first see the transformation of their homes during a huge community block party after the work is completed. More than 400 people attended the first block party April 26 in Middletown, Del. Preparations are well under way for the upcoming block parties on May 17 and June 7.
Building on the success of the inaugural season of "My Home 2.0," the experiences of the three families and the technology guru hosts who perform the makeovers will be featured in blog posts, pictures and video on 2pointhome.com.
"We're thrilled to bring our all-fiber technology to more families this year - integrating it in fun, fulfilling and entertaining ways," said Beth Mulhern, Verizon's director of consumer regional marketing in Pennsylvania and Delaware. "'My Home 2.0' brings to life the ways ultra-high-speed broadband and high-definition TV can make the homes of families large and small more fun, productive and connected."
This year, the show's technology gurus will also create and produce in their high-tech workspace exclusive technology tips and do-it-yourself, or "DIY," viral videos. The videos will highlight entertaining and adventurous projects that show how technology can take the everyday and mundane, and make it fun and useful. These videos, as well as behind-the-scenes clips of the gurus in their workspace, will also be available on 2pointhome.com.
Alison Lewis - a professor at Parsons The New School for Design and author of the upcoming book "Switch Craft," about technology-inspired crafts and fashion - has joined the team of gurus. Lewis will be the show's interior design, lifestyle and crafts expert, exploring themes of connecting kids and parents with gadgets, games and projects that inspire creativity.
The first season of "My Home 2.0" is currently airing on Fox affiliates in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, on FiOS On Demand, and on 2pointhome.com. The second season is scheduled to air later this year.
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