Content Providers Optimize Services for Verizon's LTE
Verizon Wireless today announced that a number of its partners have taken steps to optimize their services and products for use over Verizon's Long Term Evolution network. Some of the content companies involved include Slacker Radio, Rhapsody, Sling Media, and Gameloft. For example, Sling Media has created a subscription service offering that gives Verizon Wireless customers the ability to watch their home TV on new 4G smartphones. The subscription service provides a Slingbox, the SlingPlayer application and networking accessories. The new Rhapsody 4G application will feature much higher quality audio streams and much faster downloads. Slacker will also offer higher-quality audio streaming, higher quality album art and faster on-device caching with its enhanced service for Verizon LTE smartphones. All these services will become available when the handsets make their retail debut.
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.
Google Refreshes Its Chromecast Products for TVs and Stereos
Google today announced two new Chromecast products meant to help improve the living room experience. The Chromecast 2 TV dongle uses HDMI to plug into television sets and includes dual-band 802.11ac WiFi for improved performance with the local wireless network.
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
T-Mobile Adds Video Services and Controls to Binge On
T-Mobile today increased the number of content partners available to its Binge On service by four. T-Mobile customers can now stream video content from Amazon Video, Fox News, Univision NOW, and WWE Network over LTE without impacting their monthly data bucket.
Verizon's Video Optimization Tests Have Customers Crying Foul
Verizon Wireless is throttling the speeds of Netflix and YouTube, according to customer complaints voiced on Reddit. Verizon's customers claim they are seeing Netflix and YouTube streams capped at 10Mbps, and some suggest the capped speeds are leading to degraded video quality.