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TECH TOYS: FiOS Quantum TV is coming here soon

This quantum leap won’t get you off the couch.

Because we can never spend too much time there, Verizon FiOS will be bringing its new Quantum TV service to the Fredericksburg area soon.

It allows customers to record as many as 12 shows at once, store up to 200 hours of high-definition programming and pause and rewind live TV on as many as 10 sets. Perhaps best of all, users will be able to pause shows in one room and pick up watching where they left off in another.

Verizon calls this “lifestyle empowerment.” And it is, it is—in the same sense that being able to stuff multiple doughnuts into your mouth at one time would be empowering.

Who am I kidding? Sign me up for a dozen doughnuts at a time with sprinkles.

Verizon spokesman Harry Mitchell said FiOS Quantum TV service is expected to be available in the Fredericksburg area in the next few months. It’s already available in Dallas–Fort Worth and Harrisburg, Pa.

Current FiOS DVR service allows two shows to be customers to simultaneously recorded and stores up to 50 hours of HD programming.

FiOS Quantum TV is available in two tiers of DVR service: Premium and Enhanced.

Premium service allows customers to record up to 12 shows at the same time, and stash up to 200 hours of HD programming, with two terabytes of storage space.

Enhanced service allows users to record up to six shows simultaneously, and to store up to 100 hours of HD programming with one terabyte of space.

The binge-watching trend seems to have convinced Verizon the time has come for more storage space.

And as ridiculous as recording 12 shows at once may seem, it would help keep the peace for many families—at least until the bill comes.

A national Verizon survey of 1,000 viewers found that:

  • 78 percent want more DVR storage capacity
  • 63 percent want more tuners
  • 63 percent want to watch DVR-recorded programs on every TV in the house
  • 57 percent want to pause, rewind and fast forward live shows on every TV in the house

So much for training for that half-marathon.

The real quantum leap may end up being in waistlines.

Michael Zitz lives in Spotsylvania County.