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How to Skip Commercials On Verizon FiOS
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Washington, D.C. (October 15, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I read today's story about how to skip commercials on Comcast. I have Verizon FiOS. Can you skip commercials on Verizon? -- Marty, Manhattan Beach, California.

Marty, you sure can. The Verizon FiOS TV remote has both a Replay and Skip button and you can program either one for different time intervals.

The default time for Replay and Skip is 10 seconds. But Verizon's web site says you can change that by:

1. Pressing the Menu button on your remote control;
2. Selecting Settings;
3. Selecting DVR;
4. Then selecting Skip or Replay and choosing a new time setting. There are four options: 10 seconds; 30 seconds; 1 minute; and 5 minutes.

Thirty seconds would enable you to fast-forward past most single commercials, but one minute would skip past two. However, be careful when choosing one minute; you might accidentally hit the button three times instead of two and miss part of your program.

Verizon also notes that some remotes may not have this feature so you can refer to these user guides to determine if your remote is eligible.

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