Sunday, July 31, 2011

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Family Movie Night Made Easy with Verizon FiOS Flex View

Our household of five is busier than we would like most of the time.  Even if we are all home at the same time, we are rarely all in the same room together.  We actually have 3 televisions and more computers than we have household members.  Simply stated, although we enjoy some of the same things, we all have our own favorite list of shows that we like to watch.  When Comcast raised their prices and we switched our cable, Internet, and phone services to Verizon FiOS, the variety of channels that came with the Triple Play plan was one of the reasons I was happy with our decision to make the change.  There are shows appropriate for preschool-aged children all the way to adults everyday from morning to bedtime.

Since our household is always so busy, I like to have the children eat at the table for all three meals.  It is nice to sit together, enjoy a meal, and talk about anything that is on their minds.  I also find that they eat more quickly at the table than when they are seated in front of the television.  Once in awhile though, when we do have two hours to devote to dinner, we will eat in the living room and watch a movie together.  That is what we did tonight using Verizon FiOS Flex View.  We looked through all the new releases available on the on-screen menu and our children chose Rango, which none of us had seen in the movie theaters.

Flex View worked out very well for us because we could pause the movie for bathroom breaks and rewind it to see what we missed when the children were talking too much.  For a family like ours who only has Family Movie Night once a month at the most, a service like Flex View makes the most sense.  We would not get much use out of a monthly unlimited video service.  Paying just $4.99 for the entire family to watch a movie (without having to leave the house) that would have cost us $50+ to see in the theater was perfect!

My husband and I also liked using Flex View to watch movies we are not positive that both of us would like.  That way, we start watching the movie together in the living room, but if one of us does not care for it, then the other can go finish watching it on one of the computers by him or herself.  You should know that you will need to download Verizon Media Manager before you can access Flex View on your computer.  I recommend your doing that ahead of time instead delaying your movie the first time you want to watch one on your computer.  Flex View is also available for mobile devices and you do not need to be a Verizon Wireless customer to use it.  Unfortunately for us, our Windows Phones are not on the list of compatible devices yet.

If you would like to learn more about Verizon FiOS, start by checking to see if FiOS is available in your area.


I wrote this review while participating in a brand team campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Verizon FiOS. Verizon will send me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.