updated 04:00 pm EST, Fri January 7, 2011
Value-added cross-platform support on the way
Verizon is planning to expand its FiOS TV content beyond its GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) and its next-gen XG-PON2 fiber network through the development of an app service. The aim is to add value to for customers of its service so that they can stream their FiOS TV content on their iPad or other mobile device and download it so that it can be taken on the road in a way that preserves DRM. With FiOS TV as an app that can be downloaded to a mobile device and then linked to a customer's FiOS TV subscription service. Once linked, users can view their paid content across multiple screens and delivery platforms.
Verizon's director of consumer product development, Joe Ambeault, says that Verizon plans on adding cross-platform support to the FiOS service by adding several dozen new compatible devices a year. At the moment, its Flex View service allows subscribers to buy or rent content to watch on any supported device, of which there are presently over 50. The new service goes beyond this by allowing users to watch content that they have already paid for, anywhere and on most popular mobile platforms.