Verizon Mulling Mobile Video Service
Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam indicated that the company may offer a mobile video service to its wireless and FiOS customers, as well as the customers of its cable company partners. McAdam said the service, which has yet to really be defined, would only become a reality if the Federal Communications Commission approves its planned $3.9 billion spectrum purchase from a slew of cable companies. The service would offer programming a la carte, giving customers more freedom to choose what they want, rather than the bundles in which cable television is generally sold. McAdam did not say how the video would be delivered to handsets (whether via 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi), but said such a product could be ready in time for the 2012 holiday season. Verizon once offered live mobile television through Qualcomm's MediaFLO service, which is now defunct.
Verizon Zero-Rates Its Fios Mobile Video App
Verizon Wireless today said the company's Fios home internet and television customers can stream an unlimited amount of live and recorded shows over LTE without impacting their monthly data allotment. Specifically, Fios customers can use the Fios Mobile app on their smartphones and tablets to watch 140 channels of live television, movies, and stored DVR content.
Verizon CEO McAdam to Retire, Will Be Replaced by Vestberg
Verizon Communications today said long-serving Lowell McAdam will vacate his position as CEO on August 1. He will remain with the company as Executive Chairman of the Board through the end of the year, and then transition to a Non-executive Chairman role in 2019.
T-Mobile to Buy Layer3 TV and Launch TV Service Next Year
T-Mobile has set its sights on the cable TV industry and hopes to disrupt that market beginning next year. The company today announced plans to acquire Layer3 TV, which already delivers internet-based television service in five markets around the country.
Charter Joins Comcast with Plans to Launch Wireless
Charter Communications followed Comcast's lead this week and also disclosed plans to offer wireless service in the future. Charter's offering will mirror that of Comcast's.
Verizon Begins 'go90' Mobile Video Service Trials
Verizon Communications today plans to launch a trial version of its mobile video service. The trial will be initially offered to existing customers in select, unnamed markets this week, with a full-scale launch planned for later this month or early next month.