07.27.2009Personal Tech

Washington Township 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, Washington Township residents Mary and Roy Scherer have been named the winners of Verizon's My FiOS Home: Ultimate Upgrade contest. The Scherers of Bergen County 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 Jersey 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 Scherer's 90-second video was selected as the most original of all entries by a panel of judges and consumers' online voting.

"Verizon is thrilled the winner will be able to experience all that FiOS has to offer with their new home-technology makeover," said Tom Maguire, Verizon's president for the Mid-Atlantic region. "Verizon is the only TV and Internet service provider to deliver all-digital, fiber-optic-powered broadband and TV straight to consumers' homes making for the ultimate home entertainment experience."

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 Scherers 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 Scherer family, will showcase real-life experiences using Verizon's voice, TV and Internet services and air online and on FiOS1 in September. The Scherer family will be celebrating their new home technology with the rest of the town at their very own block party on August 8.

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.

My FiOS Home: Ultimate Upgrade contest ends August 16, so locals in New Jersey still have a chance to win exciting prizes, including LCD HD TVs, surround sound and a laptop, a package valued up to $20,000. Consumers can visit www.myfioshome.com to enter the contest and upload an original 90-second video answering the question: "What's your ultimate FiOS entertainment fantasy, and why do you deserve to win Verizon's Ultimate Home Upgrade?"