If there were ever a time to consider dumping your ISP in favor of Verizon’s FiOS service, this might be it. According to FierceWireless, Verizon is running a limited-time promotion in the Northeastern United States that will give customers a chance to double their mobile data allotment when they sign up for FiOS. More →
Every pay TV provider offers free previews of premium channels from time to time. After all, they’re a great way to give subscribers a taste of the channel bundles they’re missing if they don’t already subscribe to packages like HBO, Showtime and Cinemax. But it seems like the free preview periods are almost always over by the time you realize they’re available. Great, so now you’ve seen three episodes in the middle of the last season of Game of Thrones… now what?
It turns out there’s a better way to preview premium channel bundles and Verizon just made it available to its FiOS TV subscribers. More →
When the executive in charge of your pay TV product admits publicly that she no longer pays for TV, it’s probably time to accept the fact that cable’s best days are behind it. While larger pay TV providers like Comcast and Time Warner Cable continue their attempts to lure cord cutters back to pay TV bundles, Verizon’s top FiOS brass appear ready and willing to embrace the future. Either that, or director of FiOS TV Maitreyi Krishnaswamy had a momentary lapse last week when she admitted publicly that the cord in her household has been snipped. More →
You know that 15Mbps, 30Mbps or 50Mbps Internet service you pay your cable TV provider way too much for each month? That lightning fast figure likely only refers to your peak download speeds, and your upload speeds are probably much slower. For example, the 30Mbps Internet service I pay Time Warner Cable more than $60 for each month only provides upload speeds of up to 5Mbps. This is likely fine for some users, but many people need faster upload speeds to avoid getting bogged down. Now, thanks to a huge free upgrade Verizon is currently rolling out, FiOS customers are about to get a pleasant surprise. More →
Verizon this week announced its fastest-ever FiOS service, but it may only go to show American consumers what a great deal Google Fiber is for those with access to it. The new FiOS Quantum service offers subscribers a very impressive 500Mbps connection that will also cost them a minimum of $310 per month, since Verizon mandates that users bundle television and Internet services. Comparable Google Fiber service, meanwhile, delivers a 1Gbps connection and television services for just $120 per month. What’s more, Google also has a standalone Internet option that goes for just $70 a month. So while Verizon deserves credit for ramping up its FiOS speeds to reach 500Mbps in select markets, it is somewhat discouraging that the service will only be affordable for customers who have a lot of cash to burn.
Simpsons fans will likely recall the classic episode in which Homer Simpson gets tossed out of an “all-you-can-eat” seafood restaurant after he devours not only its entire supply of shrimp but two of its decorative plastic lobsters. Ars Technica reports that an IT professional in California did something similar with his unlimited FiOS plan after he used up a whopping 77TB of data over the span of just one month. If you’re wondering how one human being could use that much data in just a month, consider that he had been using his home FiOS connection to deliver friends and family dedicated video streaming, VPN support and peer-to-peer file sharing while “running a rack of seven servers with 209TB of raw storage… in his house.” More →
A new study conducted by PCMag has left little doubt about which ISP in the United States offers the fastest service: It’s Verizon (VZ) FiOS, and it’s not particularly close. PCMag found that FiOS delivered average download speeds of 29.4Mbps, or nearly 5Mbps more than its nearest competitor. But the most impressive part of FiOS’ performance was its average upload speeds, which clocked in at 16.7Mbps, or more than 8Mbps faster than its nearest competitor. Other ISPs to fare well in the study include Midcontinent Communications, which had average download speeds of 24.7Mbps; Charter Communications, which had average download speeds of 22.2Mbps; and Bright House Networks, which had average download speeds of 21.5Mbps. More →
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam recently took the stage during a UBS conference in New York where he explained that Verizon once considered purchasing Hulu. McAdam did not comment on another rumor, which suggests that Verizon is working on building its own video streaming service that could compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. Reuters first reported on the rumor and said the service could be deployed next year in areas where Verizon doesn’t offer its FiOS broadband and TV products. It is unclear what programming partners Verizon is speaking with, although Reuters suggested Epix or Viacom would be two content companies that might be interested. “If this deal comes true it’s not clear to me what Verizon would bring to the table that is materially different to what others like Amazon offer,” Bernstein Research analyst Carlos Kirjner told Reuters. McAdams did admit that, while Verizon may not be purchasing Hulu now, his company “[continues] to look at alternatives.” More →
According to new data from ABI Research, internet TV and and television services run by telecoms – such as Verizon or AT&T— are slowly eating away at cable TV’s market share. Cable TV subscriptions dropped from 72% in 2009 to 69% in 2010, and cable providers in North America and Western Europe saw the greatest subscriber losses. Despite the customer losses, the overall pay-TV market continues to grow — there were 11.3 million new pay-TV subscribers in Q1 2011, and that the total number of subscribers is expected to exceed 759 million by the end of this year. Cable TV is continuing to grow in Latin America, however, and penetration in Brazil is expected to reach 10% in 2011. “The emergency of digital TV in different pay-TV platforms begins to offer more choices to consumers,’ Khin Sandy Lynn, an ABI research analyst, said. “Digital terrestrial TV (DTT) channels and high definition (HDTV) channels are gaining popularity in pay-TV markets. ABI research expects that there will be more than 230 million high-definition TV subscriptions across different platforms at the end of 2011.” Hit the jump for the full release More →
Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg is likely none too pleased with the team responsible for writing a presentation he gave at a recent investor conference. In it, Seidenberg stated that his company’s LTE service could become a “modest substitute” for traditional cable or home Internet access. The press and blogs subsequently erupted, and rightfully so — at $50 for 5GB per month or $80 for 10GB per month (plus $10 per GB for overages on either plan), Verizon’s “4G” would be an extremely pricey cable Internet alternative. It would also provide service that is a fraction of the speed of current home Internet solutions. Cable Internet subscribers in many regions pay $30-$40 each month for download speeds in excess of 20-30Mbps and no finite caps on usage. In preliminary tests, Verizon’s LTE service achieved download speeds of less than 10Mbps with no load whatsoever on the network. More →