Samsung, Verizon Up ‘TV Everywhere’ Pact28 Jan, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Samsung Electronics America, together with Verizon Communications, Jan. 28 said they have expanded features on the FiOS TV app to now support 75 live channels. The app is available on compatible 2011 and 2012 smart TVs and smart Blu-ray Disc players.
Initially released last July, the app now enables Verizon’s FiOS TV and FiOS Internet subscribers to watch more than 25,000 FlexView on-demand movies and TV shows on TVs and Blu-ray players without requiring a set-top box.
TV Everywhere is the industry-wide initiative to allow authenticated Pay-TV subscribers the ability to watch live and repurposed programs on connected devices.
Verizon, which launched the fiber-optic FiOS TV service in 2009, said it ended the fourth quarter (Dec. 31) with 4.7 million FiOS TV subscribers. For those who already have installed the app it will automatically update when launched.
The expanded channel lineup includes CNN, Comedy Central, Disney, Fox Business, Cinemax, MTV, Spike, HBO, TBS, TNT, Food Network and HGTV, based on the subscriber’s FiOS TV package.
Maitreyi Krishnaswamy, director of product development for FiOS TV, said the aim of the app is to “break down” technology barriers so that consumers can watch programming on multiple devices they already own.
“By continuing to upgrade and improve the FiOS app for Samsung TV, we are providing more ways for our customers to enjoy their FiOS TV experience on their own terms,” Krishnaswamy said.
The FiOS TV app allows for parental controls of adult, transactional VOD and electronic sellthrough content. The application also offers traditional features such as closed captioning, help and FAQs.