December 10, 2013
In an effort to convince customers that pay TV is worth the cost, Verizon is expanding its live TV streaming options to allow FiOS subscribers to watch local CBS and Fox stations at home on mobile devices. The company is also adding 16 available-for-viewing cable channels to its out-of-home live TV streaming for a total of 25. Still, those channels do not include broadcast channels or many popular cable nets. Such multiplatform rights have proven difficult to for cable providers to obtain.
“FiOS TV and Internet customers in the New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington, DC metro areas can use tablets and smartphones to local CBS and Fox affiliates as well as Spanish-language networks as UniMas and Univision,” Variety reports. FiOS subscribers can also watch up to 91 “live linear national cable channels at home.”
Though networks like CBS and Fox have agreements with cable providers to allow in-home streaming on mobile devices, they — and others like NBC — haven’t granted out-of-home streaming rights to pay TV operators, making cable a difficult sell when there are so many Internet streaming alternatives.
According to Variety, “Verizon says it’s in talks” to add more live TV to its FiOS Mobile app. Currently, it offers more than 45,000 on-demand titles from networks like HBO, Starz, Food Network, Cinemax and more.
In a statement, John Wimsatt, Verizon’s senior VP of product development, said: “Close collaboration with content and software partners allows us to deliver a seamless customer experience that will continue to become more robust and offer more variety over time.”
Verizon’s 16 newest out-of-home streaming rights additions are AXS.tv, beIN Sport, beIN Sport Espanol, Bloomberg TV, Cine Sony Television, Cooking Channel, Encore, FEARnet, NFL RedZone (tablet only), Showtime, Showtime Extreme, Sony Movie Channel, Starz, Trinity Broadcast, Universal Sports and TVGN (formerly called TV Guide Network).