Verizon (NYSE: VZ) launched a FiOS TV application on the LG Smart TV platform Wednesday which lets its cable subscribers stream live TV programming from 75 networks owned by Viacom (NYSE: VIA), AMC Networks, Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA), Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) and Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS).
But no broadcast networks are included in the FiOS TV app, which could prevent FiOS customers from using LG's connected TVs as a replacement for FiOS digital set-tops and DVRs. The 75 networks, including USA Network, FX, HBO and AMC, are the same networks that Verizon recently added to an app it developed for Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad. While Disney's ESPNews is available through the app, it doesn't include the flagship ESPN network.
LG and Verizon announced plans to develop a FiOS TV app for connected TVs in January. Samsung launched a FiOS TV app for its connected TVs in August. Look for Verizon rival Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) to introduce similar apps. In May, Cablevision demonstrated apps that delivered its entire Optimum lineup on LG and Samsung TVs at The Cable Show convention in Boston.
The FiOS TV app on LG also lets subscribers buy movies that are available in its Flex View library.
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