Verizon FiOS TV subscribers will get to play with several new multi-platform video applications over the next year, including an iPad app that will allow subscribers to stream live cable network feeds to the Apple tablets.
The iPad app, which expects to be launched sometime next year, will allow authenticated FiOS subscribers to view live content from their cable boxes on their iPads from within their own homes, according to Verizon CIO Shaygan Kheradpir said during a Verizon demonstration Tuesday within his New York City home.
Kheradpir said the iPad software simulates the functions of a traditional cable box and can be accessed through a free app that downloads a video mosaic of the most popular programming currently being viewed by Verizon subscribers. A Verizon spokesman said that the app will be "platform agnostic" but will initially launch with the popular Apple tablet.
Kheradpir said he's currently in negotiations with content providers to secure rights for the service.
A Turner Networks spokeswoman in attendance confirmed negotiations with Verizon but said no deals have been completed. Verizon showcased live CNN programming as part of its iPad demonstration.
"This is the beauty of FiOS is that we have a cloud TV product and we have enough capacity to have this streams going simultaneously," Kheradpir said. "This is not your grandfather's cable TV."
On the video-on-demand side, Verizon announced a new multi-platform offering that will allow subscribers to purchase and watch movies and other content across as many as five different video devices.
Consumers can download or rent movies via the television and watch it on a computer, a Droid X or Droid 2-based Verizon Wireless cell phone, a Windows Mobile 6.5-based smart phone or a BlackBerry Storm, according to Ruchir Rodrigues, vice president of product design and development for Verizon.
Verizon will store an individual's downloaded content so that it can be added and removed from any device at any time and still be accessed by other devices at any point in the future.