FiOS Tucks Into Tablet TV

Verizon Makes 75 Live Channels Available Through iPad App, But No Local Stations

Verizon Communications is making 75 live networks available through its updated app for iPad tablets for FiOS TV and Internet customers -- but unlike services from some of its cable competitors, the telco’s tablet TV lineup currently lacks local channels.

The telco originally demonstrated live TV networks streaming to an iPad in mid-2010 and expected to roll out the capability in 2011.

The updated FiOS Mobile app for iPad was published in the Apple iTunes App Store on Wednesday.

To use the feature, customers must subscribe to both FiOS Internet and TV service, and must use a Verizon-provided router. Live TV on the iPad is accessible only within a customer’s home over Wi-Fi.

Verizon's app does not provide access to broadcast networks including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS. MSOs including Time Warner Cable and Cablevision Systems offer local TV stations through their respective iPad live-streaming services.

In addition to streaming live TV, the FiOS Mobile app lets users browse and search TV listings; update set-top box names; use the iPad as a remote control; and program their DVRs.

The 75 networks available through the FiOS iPad app -- available to customers based on their TV subscription package -- are: TNT, TBS, Spike TV, USA Network, FX, HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY, Style, History, National Geographic Channel, TLC, Discovery, H2, Military History, NatGeo Wild, Science, ID, Animal Planet, Military Channel, TV Land, AMC, TCM, Hallmark Channel, Nick, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Sprout, The Hub, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, MTV, MTV2, CMT, MTV Jams, VH1, VH1 Soul, Fox News, CNN, HLN, Fox Business Network, CNBC, MSNBC, BBC World News, Galavision, TV One, BET, Centric, Comedy Central, truTV, ABC Family, A&E, Syfy, Bravo, E!, G4, BBC America, TV Guide Network, HBO, HBO2, Cinemax, Epix, IFC, ESPNews, NFL Network, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, OWN, Oxygen and We TV.