Verizon will reportedly launch its subsequent-gen TV service this yr
Large multimedia conglomerate Verizon is reportedly trying to overhaul considered one of its key shopper choices. Based on Selection, the corporate is getting ready a subsequent-era “IP TV service,” with a deliberate launch in one among its present FiOS markets later this yr. Particulars are sketchy on how precisely this new service will work, nevertheless it sounds prefer it’ll be centered round a brand new set-prime field. Earlier this week, Verizon filed FCC paperwork for a brand new field that would come with the OnCue web video know-how that the corporate picked up from Intel over two years in the past.
Selection says that this new field will supply a completely new interface that mixes paid TV providers alongside web video choices like Netflix. It additionally appears believable that the brand new Verizon service will pull in on-line video programming from the corporate’s current buy of AOL (Engadget’s mother or father firm). That combo of stay paid TV providers together with common streaming choices has been the holy grail that cable corporations and shopper know-how corporations have been chasing for a while, however it stays an elusive objective.
Certainly, one of many huge improvements for this subsequent-gen service will not actually be shopper-dealing with: Verizon is reportedly planning to maneuver to a completely IP-based mostly supply system moderately than the present QAM format. QAM pushes all of the content material that a supplier gives always, whereas an IP-based mostly answer solely delivers precisely what the client is watching at a given time — this might result in main bandwidth financial savings for Verizon. This transfer is seemingly an enormous a part of why Verizon bought OnCue from Intel within the first place.
One change that may undoubtedly be observed by shoppers is a possible new identify — as Selection notes, the launched FCC paperwork include no point out of the FiOS model. In fact, it is value noting these paperwork are redacted and do not actually level to Verizon’s branding technique. However it’s solely potential that Verizon will take this chance to banish FiOS and begin recent.
Yet one more a part of this technique might relate to Verizon’s ambitions to construct a big-scale advert community to compete with the likes of Google and Fb. A brand new web-based mostly TV service might present the corporate with a brand new place to serve advertisements to its clients, however that is simply hypothesis at this level. Both means, we should always discover out what Verizon is as much as earlier than the yr is out, no less than for patrons in a few of the firm’s markets.
*Verizon has acquired AOL, Engadget’s mother or father firm. Nevertheless, Engadget maintains full editorial management, and Verizon should pry it from our chilly, lifeless palms.