Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has removed the "What's Hot" application from the menu of its FiOS TV service, which allowed subscribers to view a mosaic program guide that displayed the most popular programs that other viewers are currently watching in each market it serves.
Verizon still offers the "What's Hot" feature on FiOS apps for Android and iOS devices. (Image source: Verizon)
Before the app was removed earlier this week, subscribers could view a grid containing thumbnail videos that displayed the top 16 programs other FiOS subscribers were watching. Verizon uses anonymous data that it collects from FiOS set-tops to track the most popular programs, and it's a feature some subscribers have relied on to channel surf.
FiOS subscribers can still find "What's Hot" listings by pressing the right arrow button on their remotes, which opens a mini guide displaying text listings of TV programs. Subscribers who access the FiOS video-on-demand menu can also view popular titles for pay VOD titles. But Verizon is no longer offering the full "What's Hot" app, and a mosaic program guide, through the FiOS TV user interface.
"We are working to further consolidate and simplify the IMG [Interactive Media Guide]," Verizon spokeswoman Heather Wilner told FierceCable regarding the company's decision to remove the "What's Hot" feature from the FiOS menu.
FiOS subscribers can still access the "What's Hot" feature through apps Verizon has built for Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad and iPhone, as well as Android devices.
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