Light Reading
Linear TV programming live on your iPad? And it's football? Pinch us. We're dreaming

Verizon FiOS App Streams NFL Games to iPads

Light Reading
LR Cable News Analysis
Light Reading
12/3/2010
50%
50%

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) has launched an application that allows owners of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)’s iPad to watch live video from National Football League games on the tablets.

The “FiOS Football” app, which became available for download in November on the iTunes Store, doesn’t allow subscribers to view every NFL game. It runs a stream of the NFL RedZone channel, which whips around to live coverage from Sunday NFL games once a team is inside the 20-yard line.

FiOS subscribers must be within reach of the WiFi router in their homes to view the channel, and cannot watch live video from NFL Redzone if they bring their iPads to other homes with FiOS TV. They also must be subscribers to the NFL Redzone linear channel, which costs $49.99 annually.

In its description on the iTunes Store, Verizon says the FiOS Football app as a “limited-time beta trial application.” The company doesn’t say how long the app will be available for, and Verizon officials declined to comment on questions regarding the app.

While Verizon may only be distributing FiOS Football as a test with the NFL, its availability is noteworthy, as it makes Verizon the first pay-TV provider to stream live video from a linear cable network to the iPad. Verizon first demonstrated its iPad app at a briefing with reporters in August, saying that it wanted to begin distributing live video to the tablet in 2011. (See Verizon Goes iPad Crazy and Everyone's Mad About the iPad .)

Verizon is one of several pay TV providers developing apps for the iPad. Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) last month launched its Xfnity TV app, which allows subscribers to use their iPads as remote controls to navigate linear and on-demand programming on their TVs. (See Comcast Invades the iPad .)

Comcast said that it would allow subscribers to download movies and TV shows to the iPad beginning this month, but the MSO hasn’t announced plans to stream live cable channels to the iPad.

Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) are also developing apps for the iPad. (See Cablevision to Deliver Live TV & VoD to iPad.)

The NFL debuted the Redzone channel in 2009, partly as a strategy to appease cable affiliates that have complained about DirecTV’s exclusive deal to carry the popular “NFL Sunday Ticket” subscription package, which allows its subscribers to view every weekly NFL game in their entirety. RedZone counts more than 80 cable affiliates, including Comcast, Cox Communications Inc., Dish Network, Insight Communications, GCI, and dozens of small and mid-sized MSOs.

— Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Flash Poll
LRTV Custom TV
Transitioning CE 2.0 Networks Into the SDN & NFV Era With Telco Systems

8|19|14   |   5:19   |   (0) comments


Telco Systems' Ariel Efrati (CEO) and Moshe Shimon (VP of Product Management) discuss virtualization and how the company's new Open Metro Edge solution utilizes the SDN and NFV concepts to accelerate and orchestrate service delivery through its innovative product portfolio and software applications.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Myths: Is NFV Still Several Years Away?

8|11|14   |   1:13   |   (0) comments


Some say that NFV (network functions virtualization) is still several years away from being implemented on mobile operator networks. This isn't the case. Operators can get started on their paths to NFV now, as this short video from Skyfire shows.
LRTV Custom TV
A New Security Paradigm in SDN/NFV

7|28|14   |   02:54   |   (0) comments


Paul Shaneck, Global Director Network Solutions for Symantec, discusses the evolving virtualized network, explaining how Symantec is leading the security discussion as it relates to SDN and NFV, and helping to ensure the network is protected and compliant.
LRTV Documentaries
Sprint's Network Evolution

7|24|14   |   14:59   |   (0) comments


Sprint's Jay Bluhm gives a keynote speech at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) about Sprint's network and services evolution strategy, including Spark.
LRTV Documentaries
BTE Keynote: The Software-Defined Operator

7|24|14   |   18:43   |   (1) comment


Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg explains the concept of the software-defined operator to the Big Telecom Event (BTE) crowd.
Light Reedy
Numbers Are In: LR's 2014 Salary Survey

7|24|14   |   1:25   |   (7) comments


Our fourth annual Salary Survey paints a picture of who's hiring, firing, earning, and yearning for a change in the telecom industry.
LRTV Custom TV
Driving the Network Transformation

7|23|14   |   4:29   |   (0) comments


Intel's Sandra Rivera discusses network transformation and how Intel technologies, programs, and standards body efforts have helped the industry migration to SDN and NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
Distributed NFV-Based Business Services by RAD

7|18|14   |   5:38   |   (0) comments


With the ETSI-approved Distributed NFV PoC running in the background, RAD's CEO, Dror Bin, talks about why D-NFV makes compelling sense for service providers, and about the dollars and cents RAD is putting behind D-NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
MRV – Accelerating Packet Optical Convergence

7|15|14   |   6:06   |   (0) comments


Giving you network insight to make your network smarter.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV-Enabled Ethernet for Generating New Revenues

7|15|14   |   5:49   |   (0) comments


Cyan's Planet Orchestrate allows service providers and their end-customers to activate software-based capabilities such as firewalls and encryption on top of existing Ethernet services in just minutes.
LRTV Custom TV
Symkloud NVF-Ready Video Transcoding, Big Data

7|9|14   |   3:41   |   (0) comments


Kontron and ISV partner Vantrix demonstrate high-performance video transcoding and data analytic solutions on same 2U standard platform that is ready for SDN and NFV deployments made by mobile, cable and cloud operators.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Evolving Role of Hybrid Video for Competitive Success

7|4|14   |   4:09   |   (0) comments


At Huawei's Global Analysts Summit in Shenzhen, China, Steven C. Hawley from TV Strategies speaks to us about the evolving role of hybrid video for competitive success.
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 23, 2014, Denver, CO
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Hot Topics
Sprint CEO: Price Cuts First, Best Network Next
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 8/14/2014
IoT Alert: Samsung Snaps Up SmartThings
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 8/15/2014
Line-Powered Phone Lines: A Hot Topic Again
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/20/2014
Analyst: Ericsson, Oracle Top Shrinking SDP World
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/19/2014
Telefónica Proves Brocade Router Performs for NFV
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/19/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed