Verizon and U-verse bump up content

The battle for eyeballs is heating up with Verizon and U-verse bumping up their content on their high speed services, offering multi-angle camera shots of the NFL, customized  traffic, sport and weather results and extra international programs.

Verizon is providing its eight game NFL Network package online for no additional cost to customers who subscribe to both its FiOS broadband and TV services. Verizon will be the only provider to offer NFL on broadband. NFL Network Game Extra will get a "virtual control booth" to let users select one of four camera angles, or if they want all four angles simultaneously in a split-screen.

At the same time AT&T has upgraded its interactive U-verse TV features, including customized weather and traffic data, yellow pages information and TV games. The service was first rolled out to Dallas-Fort Worth area and is now being offered in the San Francisco Bay area.

AT&T is also bulking up its TV service with international programs. In a deal with satellite operator SES Americom, AT&T will get international programming and some other channels. The programming will come from the IP-Prime distribution service SES Americom built to service tier 3 telcos seeking to get entry to the IPTV market.

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