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FiOS subscribers will be able to watch TV on their tablets at home.  (Source: Reuters)
FiOS subscribers will be able to watch TV on their tablets, but only at home

GigaOm reports that Verizon is stepping up its mobile TV services with the announcement yesterday that its FiOS subscribers will be able to watch programming on their tablet devices, including the ubiquitous iPad via a new app it has developed. To authenticate subscriptions, streaming to tablet devices will only be available at a user's home -- at least that's how it will work at launch.

Verizon CIO Shaygan Kheradpir told those at a press briefing that the technology for the app was already in place, but that the company was clearing it with its content providers. The app will be available after all the providers sign on.

The GigaOm report notes that Verizon also showed off a new video-on-demand app that will allow subscribers to rent or buy movies and content through the company's website or a set-top box, and then download and watch on up to five PCs and/or mobile devices, including the Droid X, Droid 2, Blackberry Storm, and Windows Mobile 6.5 devices. Functionality for the Big Red iPhoneis also in the works.

The VOD app will be available Q4 of this year.

In other Verizon news, Fierce Wireless reports that in southern California the carrier is testing a $99 unlimited everything plan to counter Sprint's Simply Everything plan, also priced at $99 per month. A Verizon spokesperson told FW that it was a limited-time promotion available on single lines only. The pricing, or at least the "unlimited part," isn't likely to stand once tiered data plans are rolled out

Regardless, the testing is an indication that Verizon is experimenting with its pricing strategies. The nation's largest carrier is often branded as the "luxury mobile provider" compared to the likes of T-Mobile, which offers an unlimited everything plan on its no-contract Even More Plus for $79.99 per month. 

To counter other discount carriers like MetroPCS, Cricket, and Boost, Verizon is also testing a $50 unlimited prepaid plan in the Southeast. 

It will be interesting to watch how the price wars develop, particularly with Verizon's ambitious handset roadmap and LTE offerings in the pipeline. Will the nation's largest carrier be able to expand its 4G footprint without bumping costs or adding $10 surcharges? (We're looking at you, Sprint).

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who wants this?
By wushuktl on 8/19/2010 9:41:32 AM , Rating: 2
So for years and years people got bigger and better tvs and now all of a sudden people will want to watch tv on small hand held devices while using headphones? Who wants this enough to pay $100/month for it?

RE: who wants this?
By SlipDizzy on 8/19/2010 10:05:32 AM , Rating: 5
Well, I consider my TV to be the most important thing in my life. When I move from room to room, I miss out on fractions of my TV watching. By being able to carry around my iPad, I'll never miss a second while I'm in my house. Also, when I'm in front of my TV, I can watch TV while watching TV on my iPad.


Hey man, I heard you like TV, so we put a TV in your TV so you can watch while you watch.

RE: who wants this?
By nafhan on 8/19/2010 10:17:44 AM , Rating: 5
You're mixed up, but understandbly so. The article is about the "FiOS TV on iPad" thing, but it switches gears halfway through and starts talking about cell phone plans. The unlimited cell plan they are testing costs $100. The FiOS TV on iPad sounds like it will be free to iPad owners with FiOS.

RE: who wants this?
By Dr of crap on 8/19/2010 10:33:57 AM , Rating: 1
It'd love to pay $100/ month to get TV I can get for free from my antenna.
And DVD's / Bluray's - who needs 'em!
And screw that 60" HDTV I have hanging on the wall !!!!!
I've got my 4" PAD to watch!!
Aint life grand!

RE: who wants this?
By twhittet on 8/19/2010 12:29:47 PM , Rating: 2
Or....I can plug my 60" HDTV into my phone and watch whatever I want, without the need of a separate internet line.

Though I am currently lacking a 60", so I'm not jumping on that concept quite yet.

RE: who wants this?
By YaYaYaYa on 8/19/2010 10:59:26 AM , Rating: 2
Composite Cables for the iPad ($40) allow you to watch what's on you're iPad - on you're T.V. Netflix offers this now & it's great. Also works with other apps including rented video's, etc.

RE: who wants this?
By nafhan on 8/19/2010 1:28:36 PM , Rating: 2
So, I guess that's what you do if you have an iPad and not a game console or laptop?

It's inevitable.
By someguy123 on 8/19/2010 4:19:07 PM , Rating: 1
If this launches, a year later "Class action suit against Verizon for throttling 'unlimited' tv users".

RE: It's inevitable.
By FITCamaro on 8/20/2010 2:46:07 PM , Rating: 2
Except the unlimited part and the TV part are two separate things. Read sir.

By quiksilvr on 8/19/2010 9:24:03 AM , Rating: 2
Sprint's any mobile anytime plan for $69 a month. You can call any cellphone from any carrier and get unlimited 3G and text/pic/IM/vid along with 450 minutes to call your grandparents that will stick to their rotary dial until the apocalypse.

By Shatbot on 8/19/2010 9:26:30 AM , Rating: 2
Turn that damn iPad off and go play outside with your Droid Anakin.

This is Awesome
By bplewis24 on 8/19/2010 12:20:03 PM , Rating: 2
So, you can watch live TV on your iPad, but only at home where you presumably have live TV on your 32+" TV.

*contemplates this*

Sounds like something I absolutely MUST have!

/ screw it. If you can't tell, go bananas.


Good idea!
By xxsk8er101xx on 8/19/2010 7:40:02 PM , Rating: 2
As long as your wifi has enough power you should be able to go outside and watch TV in your backyard, patio, or porch. That would be cool!

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