Verizon FiOS TV Launches NBA League Pass Interactive TV Widget
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Verizon announced Wednesday that it has launched an NBA League Pass interactive TV widget on its FiOS TV service. According to the company, the free widget allows viewers to order NBA League Pass, an NBA subscription package that provides up to 40 out-of-market live NBA games per week, via their remote control; and also provides them with instant access to headline news, player reports, game-time alerts and more. Once viewers have subscribed to NBA League Pass, the new widget allows them to set on-screen alerts for up to 10 teams with four different alert options: Start of Game, End of Quarter, Two Minutes to End of Game, or Start of Overtime. When the alert appears, viewers can press a button on their remote to switch to the game covered by the alert.
The free widget is located in FiOS TV's Widget Bazaar applications market. Once launched, it appears on the right side of the screen, next to the program the viewer is watching. "FiOS TV is an NBA fan's courtside seat at home," Shawn Strickland, Verizon's VP of consumer strategy, said in a prepared statement. "In addition to top NBA programming on NBA League Pass and NBA TV, our new widget provides fans with statistics and news from around the league."
In related news: Verizon said Wednesday that its FiOS TV Remote DVR app is now available on 10 BlackBerry models (h/t Dave Zatz). And rival AT&T announced Wednesday that its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, u-Verse TV, has now passed the 2 million-subscriber milestone. According to AT&T, the service has launched 13 interactive TV applications this year, bringing the total number of apps it offers to 21. Two of the most recent apps to launch are Multiview, which allows viewers to watch up to four channels at once on their TV screen, and Santa Tracker, which, according to AT&T, allows families to play holiday games, listen to sing-alongs and "follow Santa around the globe on Christmas Eve."