Verizon To Give FiOS TV Customers Online Access To Shows

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If you had any doubts that the TV Everywhere initiative was picking upsteam, here's some proof that the service is really gaining traction.With Comcast and Time Warner Cable already latching on, the newestpay-TV operator to join in is Verizon. The company, which sellstelevision programming over its fiber-based FiOS TV offering, has thisweek become a TV Everywhere partner.

What's it mean? It means that FiOS TV customers that pay for televisionpackages in the home can also see some of those channels online, with amore robust programming lineup than what it already available for freeon network websites and Hulu. Time Warner Chairman and Chief ExecutiveOfficer Jeff Bewkes noted that Verizon would be able to offer TNT andTBS programming on-demand and online with no extra cost to paying FiOSTV subscribers, though it should be noted that the program is still in"trial mode" at the moment. Those fortunate enough to be in the testcan watch the material on any Internet-connected notebook or desktop bysimply logging in with their Verizon Online username and password.

There's no public information on who all will be selected to test it,but we get the idea that Verizon will be giving you a shout if you'reone of them. So now, all we have left to wonder is what pay-TV providerwon't be supporting TV Everywhere? It seems like a bandwagon that'sreally gaining steam, and with the growing desire for online TV, wehighly doubt cable and FTTH carriers will be able to ignore themovement. Still, we maintain that having online access to live TV thatyou're paying for at home would really get people interested;otherwise, those currently surviving on OTA channels, Hulu and Netflixare apt to keep on keeping on.
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Fanfoot replied on Tue, Sep 1 2009 11:10 PM

Don't forget these are CABLE COMPANIES. CABLE COMPANIES move kinda slowly. Sorta like dinosaurs. So if you're holding your breath waiting for this, DON'T.

Remember the Tivo interface on Comcast's DVRs? Remember the hopes for that? Remember a couple of years back when it came out in Boston? Remember how the early reviews said it really sucked. Remember how you still haven't heard about it rolling out in your town yet?

By the time this comes to pass, we may all be streaming shows from,,, etc without issue and this will be something nobody pays any attention to. We'll have to see.

BTW, as I'm typing this I'm watching Rachel Maddow on the Jimmy Fallon show from last night on my iPhone thru the portal. Very nice. With the app (CBS), and, we have only ABC and Fox until we've got most of the shows you might want on the iPhone as well...

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