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If you’re going to make grandiose promises on product rollouts, you had better follow through with them. Nobody likes paper launches and grandstanding, so it’s always nice when such actors get put in their place. Such is the case with Verizon, which promised in 2008 that it would make its FiOS network available to all households in the five New York City boroughs by June 30, 2014. Needless to say, Verizon failed to live up to its promises, and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is here to bust the company’s chops. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office delivered a blistering report outlining an audit of Verizon’s... Read more...
Well, that didn’t take long. Two weeks ago, word spread out that Verizon was ready to push new Custom TV FioS bundles that would allow customers to pick and choose what channels they wanted to pay for on a monthly basis. Customers are able to choose a basic package of channels, and then select from at least two of seven additional themed packages (i.e. Culture, Entertainment, Sports, etc.). So if you have no interest in sports at all, you wouldn’t have to purchase the Sports package. Needless to say, ESPN wasn’t too thrilled about this arrangement and quickly made its objections known. ESPN wants... Read more...
Cord-cutting TV viewers have been worrying major providers for years. Now, with HBO committing to the subscription model and Netflix adding 4.9 million subscribers in a single quarter, the pressure is on for major providers to split up their beloved bundles. Soon, Verizon’s FiOS will do just that. Verizon plans to create a small bundles on April 19, according to the Wall Street Journal. The smaller bundle will go for $55 per month and will include ABC, AMC, Food Network, Fox, and other channels. If you want additional channels, you can add them by buying channel packs for $10 extra per month. Image... Read more...
Those who place a high value on in-home Internet have long envied the portion of the United States population within a Verizon FiOS footprint. While the fiber-based service stopped expanding to new areas years back, Verizon has continued to push its existing areas to new heights. Now, it's doing so once again, and we're certainly hopeful that it triggers a cascade of followers throughout the ISP industry -- but, of course, we aren't holding our breath. In order to better compete with cable companies that are boosting Internet speeds, Verizon has announced plans to offer symmetrical connections.... Read more...
The ongoing battle between Netflix and ISPs that can't seem to handle the streaming video service's traffic boiled over to an infuriating level for Colin Nederkoon, a startup CEO who resides in New York City. Rather than accept excuses and finger pointing from either side, Nederkoon did a little investigating into why he was receiving such slow Netflix streams on his Verizon FiOS connection, and what he discovered is that there appears to be a clear culprit. Nederkoon pays for Internet service that promises 75Mbps downstream and 35Mbps upstream through his FiOS connection. However, his Netflix... Read more...
Intel Media VP Erik Huggers had dreams of making a big impact on the TV market (or at least get a foot in the door) with a special unit of the company called OnCue, but it was not to be. Word emerged back in October that Intel may have a deal in the works with Verizon, and according to the Washington Post’s sources, that deal may be imminent. The final details should be nailed down within days, and an announcement could come as early as this week. Recent reports indicated that Intel was seeking $500 million for the OnCue service. With OnCue’s assets, Verizon will look to expand its... Read more...
We've all seen the reports that show the U.S. lagging behind quite a few other nations in terms of national average broadband speed (we're looking at you, South Korea), but the FCC now has a report out that details the best and the brightest available to American citizens. Of course, most people aren't able to look at a report, weigh their options, and then choose an ISP. Most times, only one or two ISPs are available in a given area, so we're stuck with a take-it-or-leave-it scenario. But for those lucky enough to have those options, the results from the 2013 Measuring Broadband America are certainly... Read more...
Live in a FiOS town? Before we proceed further, consider yourself highly enviable. Now, you might also find yourself soon yearning for an LG Smart TV. Why? Because FiOS TV customers will soon be able to stream content directly into those sets. LG's Smart TV platform has just become the first in the industry to allow FiOS TV customers to enjoy 75 broadcast channels, serving as a set-top box alternative within the home. The new premium application on LG's 2012 Smart TVs and Blu-ray Disc players also delivers Verizon FiOS' on-demand content service, "Flex View." In other words, those with an applicable... Read more...
Verizon's FiOS fiber network won't ever be as large as we would've liked, but if you're in one of the lucky states that has access, there's great news to be shared. Well, if you're also an iPad owner. The updated version of Verizon's FiOS mobile app now includes a feature that was seemingly slated for launch, but was scraped somewhere along the way: live TV streaming, directly to the tablet. Those who subscribe to FiOS' pay-TV service can now stream 75 channels right to their iPad, so long as you're connected to your home Wi-Fi access point. That means you won't be able to stream it over 3G while... Read more...
Rarely do we hear the words "insane" and "internet" in the same headline, but that's what happening this evening. Verizon has just introduced "insane" new Internet speeds in FiOS service areas, and honestly, they're hard to read if you aren't in one of those locales. Verizon residential consumers can now order the company's fastest-ever FiOS Internet service, and while you'll find a host of double-play and triple-play bundles, stand-alone high-speed services are available, too. The new FiOS Internet tiers containing the highest speeds are named FiOS Quantum and feature upload/download speeds of... Read more...
In a FiOS area? Good for you. If you aren't, well, you'll have something else to cry about. Verizon's heralded FiOS fiber network is loved by those that have it, but only a handful of states and neighborhoods have access. Today, Verizon has "responded to consumer demand for ultra-high-speed home broadband service," and it has announced that next month will be the month where speeds on FiOS Internet will double on several tiers. Moreover, two new tiers with even faster speeds will surface. The new FiOS Internet portfolio will feature download/upload speed tiers of 50/25 and 150/65 megabits per second... Read more...
If you're lucky enough to live in an area that gets FiOS, you may be interested in picking up some Samsung gear. Verizon and Samsung announced this week that Samsung will be the first consumer electronics manufacturer to commercially introduce the Verizon FiOS TV App to its line of Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray Players in 2012. The app will allow Verizon FiOS TV subscribers to instantly access 26 live TV channels, including HD channels, directly through the subscribers' connected Samsung Smart TV or Smart Blu-ray Player. No additional hardware is required. Users will also have access to more than... Read more...
It's been one of those weeks for analysts -- one of those great, hairy weeks where they get to sit back, look at earnings reports and make predictions. Verizon has just come clean with their Q3 2011 results, and by and large, they look rather positive. The company remained on track in the quarter, with revenues boosted by 5.4% and overall revenues coming in at $27.9 billion. Yes. With a "B." Highlights include 49 cents in diluted earnings per share (EPS), compared with 23 cents per share in 3Q 2010, as well as $15.0 billion in service revenues in 3Q 2011, up 6.1 percent year over year; data revenues... Read more...
Verizon's FiOS TV is getting better, for those that have it. Of course, it remains to be seen if the company will ever expand their roadmap and blaze a FiOS trail to even more states, but if you're lucky enough to have access, you'll have 25 new upgrades coming your way. The company's calling this the next-generation of FiOS TV, complete with enhanced interactivity and personalization. According to the release, Verizon listened to customer feedback gained from its product development labs, field trials and social media forums to create many of the more than 25 upgrades to FiOS TV's advanced Interactive... Read more...
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