FiOS TV Coming To New York City Today, Web Vid Streaming On Its Way
After all kinds of hurdles and red tape, Verizon's FiOS TV is finally rolling out in New York City today. And it will be big, including a giant press event at Grand Central Station that will be webcast on the interwebs if you find yourself located somewhere else in the world. On July 16, Verizon was approved by the New York State Public Service Commission to provide FiOS TV service to all of New York's five boroughs, the final step in a long process that included fighting for approval from the New York Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and the city's Franchise and Concession Review Committee. The first telecommunications company to offer broadband internet, telephone and TV service to all five boroughs, Verizon will finally bring some competition to Time Warner Cable who has dominated the New York telecommunications scene for some time now.
In related news, Verizon is also beta testing web video streaming via their own set-top boxes, initially partnering with the likes of YouTube, Blip.tv, Break.com, and Veoh. The test service uses Verizon's proprietary Media Manager PC software as an intermediary between the internet and the TV. All's you would do is select a video from the DVR and then the Media Manager software will transcode and stream the web content to your TV. The Media Manager PC software will also allow streaming of video podcasts and support RSS feeds of video sites for added convenience. So far things are looking good for an official release later this year or early next as part of Verizon's top-tiered package, though those who aren't subscribers right now can try it out.