News by Michelle Ruhfass on Wednesday August 18, 2010.
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Today Verizon Communications debuted a new application that will allow its FiOS TV subscribers to watch streaming, live TV directly from mobile devices. The new app, which was being demonstrated using an Apple iPad, allows FiOS users to watch the same programming available on their TVs in a convenient mobile form factor. Gigaom reports that "subscribers with an iPad will only be able to watch linear programming within their own home, which allows Verizon to authenticate and make certain that the users have access to whatever content they have paid for."
Verizon also unveiled a new application, video-on-demand, that will allow its subscribers to rent or buy videos from Verizon.com or their set-top box and then access the videos through their mobile devices. Verizon stated that movies can be accessed on up to five different PCs and mobile devices. Devices approved for launch were Verizon's own Motorola DROID X, DROID 2, and the BlackBerry Storm from RIM. Verizon stated that plans are in the works to bring the VOD app to other mobile devices like Apple's iPhone soon after its initial launch.
Verizon is expected to offer its live FiOS TV early next year and its VOD application in Q4 of this year.
Michelle is MobileBurn.com's Managing Editor, and is responsible for sourcing devices for reviews.