LG's Smart TV Platform Enables Direct FiOS TV Streaming
Verizon customers who subscribe to both FiOS TV and Internet service can access the application via the Smart World section on LG's Smart TV interface. Among the 75 channels are: HBO, Food Network, NFL Network, TBS, VH1 and others. LG Smart TV owners also can access FiOS TV's Flex View, which offers more than 25,000 on-demand movies and show titles for purchase or rent on any Internet-connected device, whether home on a TV or PC, or on-the-go on a mobile device. The premium Verizon FiOS application is available on all 2012 LG Smart TV series (LM9600, LM8600, LM7600, LM6700, LM6200, LS5700, PM9700, PM6700 and PM4700) and the BP620 LG connected Blu-ray player.
It's unclear whether or not more channels will be allowed in in the future, and of course those who need DVR capabilities probably will opt for the set-top regardless, but it's a good sign altogether. In fact, it makes us wonder if we would've seen more of this had CableCARD really caught on.