Following months of auditions, Verizon has selected a Tampa Bay area family to receive a complete home-technology makeover this month, and become area celebrities by starring in a locally televised show called "My Home 2.0," airing in March.
"My Home 2.0" is a home-makeover TV show that transforms the lives of ordinary families by giving them the technology upgrade of a lifetime. Each episode features a busy, hardworking family whose members feel held back by their obsolete home technology, yet are too daunted by the technical jargon often used to describe the latest advances in computer and electronic equipment to take the leap into the 21st century.
A team of helpful "tech gurus" gives the family the help they need, installing lightning-fast computer and gaming systems, hassle-free home theaters and even custom-built, one-of-a-kind inventions, all powered by Verizon FiOS.
The Reyes family - Ralph, 43; his wife, Jessica, 34; and their children, Mia, 16, and Justin, 13 - will not know in advance what is being installed in their home while they are away and will get to see their home-technology makeover for the first time in a special "reveal" at their Clearwater home on Feb. 6. Verizon will also sponsor a block party for the entire neighborhood on the same day.
"We are so excited to be selected as the local 'My Home 2.0 family,'" said Ralph Reyes. "This will help in so many aspects of our lives -- from my work at home, to my wife's aspiring online business, to entertainment for the kids, to bringing the whole family together for a more enhanced version of our usual Friday movie nights."
Reyes, a medical technologist who needs access to technology at home, also uses the home computer and Internet for his interests in photography and music. Jessica Reyes is an aspiring entrepreneur who hopes this technology upgrade will allow her to begin selling her homemade baby clothes online. She is also looking forward to using social media sites more often to stay in contact with friends and family in New York.
Mia Reyes, a sophomore at Clearwater High School, likes to use her home computer to create art, but can't easily share her creations with friends because the laptop she uses doesn't work with the family's current Internet setup. Justin Reyes, an eighth-grader at Oak Grove Middle School, says he is pretty tech-savvy and likes to make online skateboarding videos to share with friends. He says he's looking forward to trying out the new technology.
The Reyes family was selected from among hundreds of families who participated in casting calls across the Tampa Bay area last fall.
As for being on the show, Ralph Reyes says the family is both excited and nervous. They recently watched "My Home 2.0" episodes from other cities to get an idea of what they will experience.
"I like the concept of the show, how one company can bring so much happiness to a family just by changing their home technology," said Jessica Reyes. "It may seem simple to some people, but I know this will have a huge impact on our family."
For more information about the TV show and the Reyes family, visit http://2pointhome.com/.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 89 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 230,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $97 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.