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Verizon Adds Indie VOD Films to FiOS TV

19 Apr, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Telecommunications giant Verizon April 19 said it has begun offering independent video-on-demand, or VOD, films to its FiOS TV subscribers.

Verizon is working with Openfilm.com, an online video technology and content delivery platform serving the indie film market, to access more than 7,200 titles.

FiOS TV customers can access the Openfilm catalog by pressing the VOD or On Demand buttons on their remote controls, by using the menu on FiOS TV's Interactive Media Guide, or by selecting the VOD channel.

Openfilm, operated by publisher and services provider Net Element, is a venue for undiscovered, talented filmmakers to showcase their work. Its advisory board includes chairman James Caan and members Scott Caan, Robert Duvall and Mark Rydell.

Openfilm’s premium HD content includes “Reconnecting with Canada: The North,” a reality series following a group’s journey motorcycling to the Canadian Arctic in the middle of winter. “Reconnecting with Canada” is currently in its second season.

“We are happy to work with Openfilm and provide our FiOS TV customers access to more unique on-demand content,” said Terry Denson, VP of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon. “Once again, we are offering programming that meets specific interests, which is part of the overall strategy that has made FiOS TV so successful.”

FiOS TV offers more than 520 channels, including 146 HD channels and more than 24,000 VOD titles monthly.

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