Dish Network and Verizon's FiOS TV are reducing the number of smartphone and tablet applications their subscribers need to control set-tops and watch video on mobile devices.
Verizon said it picked up 135,000 FiOS TV and 173,000 FiOS Internet subscribers in the third quarter, while it lost 117,000 DSL customers.
Verizon said FiOS TV subscribers won't be able to watch home movies and videos they've downloaded from the Internet on TVs connected to its set-tops beginning Nov. 1, when it'll stop supporting the Verizon Media Manager app for PCs and Macs.
Walt Disney Co. said Thursday that it signed a TV Everywhere authentication deal with Verizon which will give FiOS TV subscribers access to mobile video apps Watch ABC, Watch Disney Channel and a multiplatform product it is developing for ABC Family.
Verizon will likely report on Thursday that it has cracked the 5 million FiOS TV subscriber mark when it reports second-quarter earnings. The telco, which counted 4.9 million subscribers at the end of Q1, should surpass the 5 million mark for pay TV subscribers.
AT&T would slash the license fees it pays cable programmers such as HBO if they pursue over-the-top video distribution, the company's top negotiator said at an investor conference Wednesday.
Verizon kicked off a Memorial Day weekend viewing marathon for its FiOS On Demand platform today, hoping the free preview of content from HBO, Starz, Epix and other networks will drive sales of paid VOD movies.
TiVo is beginning to offer new content recommendations called "What to Watch Now" to users with its iPad app, and it plans to add the system to its Premiere DVR by the end of the year.
Verizon Communications revealed that the company's FiOS TV and Internet service has achieved 50 percent penetration in Dallas, the company's first market. Speaking at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference today, Verizon EVP and CFO Fran Shammo said the company hit 50 percent penetration in Dallas and he expects the penetration rate to grow in other markets as well.
Verizon said it launched new international soccer network beIN Sport on channel 598 in its Ultimate HD package.