Verizon to deploy media gateway devices in FiOS homes
Verizon (NYSE: VZ) plans to begin deploying gateway devices in homes of its FiOS TV subscribers later this year which will allow it to deliver live TV and DVR programming to multiple TVs connected wirelessly to a server.
Tushar Saxena, director of technology, shows off Verizon's latest set-tops. Click here for the video.
While the telco touted the new Motorola Mobility (NYSE: MMI) gateway devices in a video it uploaded recently to YouTube, it didn't offer details about which markets will get the gateway devices first, or specifications such as how many tuners the devices will contain. In October, AT&T (NYSE: T) announced plans to deploy a wireless set-top from Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) which would allow it to deliver programming to rooms that don't contain cable outlets.
Verizon's gateway device could appeal to subscribers that want to access FiOS programming on multiple TVs and mobile devices, and it could also allow the company to reduce its hardware costs since it could deploy fewer DVRs.