Media notes: Verizon and Comcast offer free on-demand viewing; new app from ACC Sports

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Verizon, Comcast offer free on-demand viewing

Cable heavyweights Verizon and Comcast are both planning free video-on-demand marathons.

Verizon's set-top offer begins Monday and runs through April 7. It includes the chance to binge-watch the first three seasons of HBO's megahit "Game of Thrones" as well as the April 6 Season 4 opener.

One in four FiOS TV customers took part in the company's fall marathon, with video on demand transactions jumping 48 percent in that period.

Comcast's second annual Xfinity Watchathon Week runs Monday through April 6. More than 5,000 episodes from more than 130 series over 48 premium, cable and broadcast networks will be on the menu. Xfinity On Demand platforms include television, the website and the Xfinity TV Go app for tablets and smartphones.

ACC Sports app gives previews, features

Six ACC teams entered the NCAA Division 1 March Madness. Only one -- Virginia -- remains, but conference fans can keep up with more than hoops via a new ACC Sports app. Video previews and features across the variety of sports are accessed through the ACC website, its iOS and Android apps, and via Apple TV. On Saturday, for example, a post-game analysis was available later in the afternoon after Pitt's loss to top-ranked Florida.


Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.

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