No U.S. pay TV provider has yet to match Dish Network’s ability to stream its entire live-TV lineup to customers who are on the go, but several major operators are securing the rights necessary to distribute an ever increasing number of live-TV channels outside the home.
Still, those ongoing expansions still represent just a small fragment of the full slate of live TV that’s delivered in the home.
The latest to push the needle a bit is Verizon Communications, which last week added 16 live linear channels to its out-of-home lineup for its FiOS Mobile app, expanding that total to 25.
New to the mix are: AXS TV, beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT Español, Bloomberg Television, Cine Sony Television, Cooking Channel, Encore, FearNet, NFL RedZone (tablet only), Showtime, Showtime Extreme, Sony Movie Channel, Starz, TBN, Universal Sports and TVGN. They join an initial out-of-home lineup that included BBC America, BBC World News, Epix, HGTV, Travel Channel, NFL Network (tablet only), Food Network, DIY Network and Tennis Channel.
The FiOS Mobile app, which provides access to more than 45,000 VOD titles, also delivers up to 91 live streaming channels when accessed on the customer’s home network. FiOS TV subs in the New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., areas can also tap mobile devices to stream the feeds of two local affiliates — CBS and Fox — and Spanish-language networks such as UniMàs and Univision, as long as those signals are being obtained via the home network.
Other major pay TV providers have also activated more out-of-home distribution for their respective authenticated TV Everywhere services.
Comcast, for example, recently launched an upgraded and renamed TV Everywhere app, Xfinity TV Go, that gives authenticated customers the ability to stream up to 35 live TV channels outside the home, more than 25,000 on-demand titles and “thousands” of downloadable movies and TV shows. Comcast provides access to a smaller lineup of authenticated live TV streams via Web browsers at Xfinity.com/TV.
In October, AT&T’s U-verse TV released app updates for iOS devices that enables customers to access more than 100 channels at home and more than 20 while they’re on the go, plus thousands of VOD titles.
Time Warner Cable, meanwhile, has been gradually increasing the out-of-home TV Everywhere lineup for its TWC TV app alongside in-home access to more than 300 linear channels.
On the satellite front, DirecTV pitches more than 30 channels out-of-home to authenticated subscribers.
But Dish is beating the lot with its Hopper With Sling HD-DVR, which allows customers to place-shift the full live TV lineup, plus what’s recorded on the DVR.