Verizon Beefs Up VOD with Flex View
Verizon’s new Flex View service allows FiOS TV customers to rent or purchase VOD content anywhere, anytime. The feature is available to most FiOS subscribers today, and it will be in all FiOS markets by the end of November.
Flex View lets customers take video programming outside of the home and to view it on such portable devices as compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops, allowing them to watch video even when there is no Internet connection available. Next year, users also will be able to access their personal content – including photos, videos and music – on the go. There is no additional subscription fee required to use Flex View.
"This is a valuable extension of our FiOS TV VOD service, enabling customers to rent or purchase video programming and enjoy it anytime, anywhere – even outside of Verizon service areas," said Shawn Strickland, VP/consumer strategy and planning for Verizon, in a statement.
A spokeswoman for Verizon said the telco did not have to deploy any new equipment to offer the Flex View service "since our set-top boxes are already IP-enabled; the transactions flow back to our Flex View application servers so that libraries sync up across screens."?
Flex View is not an application, she added; rather, it is a capability that extends VOD across screens. For PCs, customers can download "Media Manager," a free app that allows storage and access to personal content. For mobile devices, an application called "Media Manager Mobile" is available for free download through Verizon.
Flex View is supported by the following mobile devices: Blackberry Storm2, HTC HD2, HTC Imagio, HTC Touch Pro2, LG VS750, DROID 2 by Motorola, DROID X by Motorola, Samsung Omnia II, Archos 605 Wi-Fi Portable Media Player and Toshiba Satellite T230.
Subscribers can authorize Flex View on as many as five devices per account, including mobile devices, PCs or laptops and FiOS TV set-top boxes (all set-top boxes in the home count collectively as one device). Once a sub purchases or rents a title, it automatically becomes available for viewing on each of the authorized devices.