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Verizon FiOS TV for iPad fuels talk of Apple deals [video]

updated 01:50 pm EDT, Wed August 18, 2010

Verizon hints at Apple deal with iPad TV app

(Update: video) Verizon provided a surprise to subscribers by previewing an iPad app for FiOS TV. The initial app will provide live, streaming TV to existing FiOS TV subscribers using the same technology that underpins the fiber optic network's set-top hardware. It will require Wi-Fi at home at first to use existing Verizon Internet access as a way of authenticating the connection.

A launch will depend on when enough channel providers are onboard, although Verizon doesn't foresee problems since it already requires existing TV service. Early next year is considered likely. Carrier CIO Shaygan Kheradpir didn't mention if or when video on 3G or outside Wi-Fi services, or video timeshifted through a DVR, would be options.

A new cloud-based media manager is coming that will give customers 70GB of space for media they could stream directly to a computer, handheld or TV set-top box.

In tandem with the iPad app, Verizon also promised a new movie video puchase and rental service designed to work across both desktops and mobile. The platform will give access to movies through the web, a FiOS TV box or a smartphone with re-downloads for as many as five different devices and within any rental windows.

Verizon expects to launch its VOD service in the fall initially on the Droid X, Droid 2, the BlackBerry Storm and Windows Mobile 6.5 devices, but it unusually planned to extend the option to the iPhone and other hardware it doesn't necessarily offer itself.

The surprise plans for iPad and iPhone support only further escalate rumors that Verizon is readying itself for official support of CDMA-based Apple devices. Apple is not only believed to be in mid-testing for a CDMA iPhone but also has separate activation code that may treat CDMA iPhones and EVDO iPads differently. The provider has remained non-committal in public, but signs have emerged that it may have the option soon as AT&T has prepared for non-exclusivity it hasn't seen as a factor in the past. [via NewTeeVee]





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  1. malax

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2006

    -1

    Where?

    They "previewed" it where exactly? To whom? How about a link to a source?

  1. ccrider

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Mar 2001

    +1

    awesome!!

    Can't wait!! Good time to be a FiOS customer these days :)
    Recently got rid of DirecTV and loving the quality of image, the on-demand programming, and the internet speed (40Mbps down/30 up).

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +1

    Re: where?

    Source? What, are you saying that the MacNN staff wasn't there on-hand for this demonstration?

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +2

    Re: awesome!!

    I love being able to use a real DVR (Tivo) rather than a crappy DirecTV or Verizon substitute.

  1. Zeeb

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Feb 2006

    +5

    Limited

    If it verifies your account using your home internet connection--what's the point?? If I'm at home I'll watch cable on my TV.

    The only way this would be useful is if you can use it remotely.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    comment title

    You just had to mention the CDMA monopolistic nonsense, right. AT&T made their U-Verse available to iPad, DirecTV and Dish are working on apps for iPad, perhaps maybe, just maybe, Verizon is trying to expand their ONE AND ONLY HALFWAY DECENT service, FiOS, by putting it on the iPad. But no, you automatically assume "oh Verizon is putting a FiOS app on the iPad, like EVERY OTHER MAJOR CABLE/SATELLITE PROVIDER IS, so it must mean we will soon see a monopolized iPhone on their CDMA network!? Does anyone know if their is a UK version of this site, cause I cant stand hearing about CDMA "technology", if you want to call it that, anymore, this is getting absurd.

  1. joecab

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    Joined: Apr 2004

    +2

    argh!

    No FIOS for Boston, after they announced we were getting wired years ago. They officially gave up on us. :( (Rumors mention something about our "beloved" mayor having a special deal with Comcast going ...)

    Anyway Comcast, step up already.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -1

    Re: argh

    My brother lives just outside of Boston and has FiOS. Maybe your problem is living in the city itself.

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