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Ready for Some Football? Verizon Has Its Eyes on Texas

FiOS TV Subscribers in Dallas-Fort Worth Area Can Now Access New FiOS1 High School Sports Widget; UT Longhorn Network Available in Texas and Nationwide

IRVING, Texas, Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — From the drama of high school football Friday night lights to the national stage at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, Verizon has Texas football covered for FiOS TV subscribers.

With the football season kicking off, Verizon is launching the FiOS1 High School Sports Widget exclusively for FiOS TV customers in the company’s Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex service area.  Through the FiOS1 High School Sports Widget, only FiOS TV is delivering on-demand high school sports news, stats, photos and video highlights for area schools through an enjoyable, informative TV-entertainment experience. The widget is the latest addition to a robust array of options on FiOS TV to enhance the viewing experience for high school, college and professional sports.

In addition, The Longhorn Network, offered by the University of Texas in conjunction with ESPN, is now available, in high definition and standard definition, to UT sports fans in Texas and across the nation who subscribe to Verizon FiOS TV.  The launch date on FiOS TV of the network — dedicated to all things UT, from sports to cultural events —  comes in time for the Sept. 3 Rice vs. Texas matchup.

The Longhorn Network also will be available in the near future online, on tablets and on smart phones to fans with a Verizon FiOS TV plan, making UT athletics and other programming easily available anywhere, anytime.

“Texans love football, and we are making the most of the immense capabilities of the FiOS network to deliver a unique gridiron experience for our customers,” said Shawne Angelle, president of operations for Verizon’s Texas region. “The new FiOS1 High School Sports Widget and the Longhorn Network will add to the already rich FiOS football viewing experience – from the stadium to the living room.”

FiOS TV already provides the NFL Network, the NFL RedZone Channel, and the Football and ESPN Fantasy Sports apps; and ESPN3 is available on FiOS Internet.

More than 500,000 households in the company’s Dallas-Fort Worth FiOS service area can take advantage of the FiOS1 High School Sports Widget, which covers 38 area teams.  The widget is offered in conjunction with MaxPreps.com, the online high school sports leader and a CBSSports.com site.

To access the widget, FiOS TV customers can click on the “Widgets” button on their remote control, access high school football under “Sports” and “Featured,” and then click on “FiOS1 High School Sports Widget.”

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