07.14.2009Personal Tech

Verizon FiOS Offers Families Hours of Kids Entertainment for Summertime Activities

During the summer, families can relax and enjoy less-structured schedules; but often, those long days become daunting.  What's a family to do with so much extra downtime?  Verizon offers the perfect solution with its family-friendly entertainment and educational content, available from FiOS TV and FiOS Internet.  Verizon is the industry leader in on-demand programming and content, offering tens of thousands of video and gaming options - many of them available free of charge - for kids and families.

"When the kids are out of school during the summer, FiOS customers can count on Verizon to provide the kind of family-friendly entertainment that's both educational and fun," said Tricia Lynch, director of video-on-demand programming at Verizon.

FiOS TV's industry-leading video-on-demand (VOD) service, for example, makes available at any one time approximately 1,000 kids programs.  This family-friendly VOD offering is one of the largest in the industry, and includes content from Discovery Kids, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, PBS Kids Sprout and others.  Other content that is available for children and that parents might not know about includes:

  • Smithsonian Kids, which offers original programming on demand, including "Critter Quest," a backyard safari to acquaint kids with various outdoor creatures, and "Sci Q," which features a competition among the hosts to experience a different adventure each episode.
  • Kids Unlimited, which targets children aged 2 to 8 and features the award-winning "My Bed Bugs" and "The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm" as well as educational favorites from Scholastic.
  • Mag Rack Kids Club, which offers content for preschoolers, with shows like "New Zoo Revue" and "Eebee's Adventures."
  • En Espanol, which consists of various kids programs offered in Spanish, including "Olly" and "Barney."

The FiOS TV channel lineup also offers a range of content for kids, with everything from Noggin to Toon Disney to FUNimation.  In addition, FiOS TV offers parental controls that let parents decide what's off-limits for their kids.

In addition to the extensive selection of titles offered through FiOS TV, Verizon FiOS Internet and High Speed Internet customers can access Games on Demand, which provides families with downloadable full versions of hundreds of popular games for one low monthly fee.  Educational games include "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader," "Sponge BobTM Squarepants," "Clifford The Big Red Dog®", "American Girls" and "Arthur."  These, and many others, can help children beat summer boredom while sharpening their minds.

Verizon FiOS Internet and High Speed Internet customers also can access more than 2,500 movies, music and sports titles for instant download with Starz Play service.  Starz Play lets families instantly download and watch some of their favorite titles including "Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert," "Ratatouille," "High School Musical 3" and more.

FiOS TV offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 500 all-digital channels, including over 100 HD channels and 15,000 video-on-demand (VOD) titles each month - 70 percent of which are free.  FiOS TV also offers an innovative Interactive Media Guide that provides next-generation, personalized interactive services, including news and entertainment widgets, fantasy football applications, casual games, and many other features.

Verizon's FiOS network also delivers America's top-rated Internet service, with download speeds up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps.  FiOS Internet subscribers have access to an extensive collection of online features and services, including PC protection with Verizon Internet Security Suite; Verizon Enhanced Email; Verizon Premium Tech Support; Online gaming; free news from ABC News Now; and more.