Next month, Verizon’s FIOS service will feature a first: live cable streaming solely over IP to customer’s homes. Previous solutions have required dongles, but Verizon’s solution only requires your internet connection to function. 26 channels will be available initially, with “plans to add more,” and the app will support Kinect voice and gesture control.
Interested? Verizon has an incentive package to grease those wheels a little further:
Call now to add an Xbox to your current service. Or, if you’re a new customer, you can sign up online here and take advantage of a special offer that includes triple-play service with FiOS TV, FiOS 35/35 Mbps Internet service and Verizon voice service, starting at $89.99 a month. The offer also includes a 12-month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership and the “Xbox Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” game. Order now – the special offer is only available through Jan. 21.
Given that Verizon FIOS is already an IP-based cable system, it was probably pretty easy to get those initial sign-offs, but this represents a major step forward in bringing IP-only cable subscriptions to the masses, and maybe, unless of course lobbyists kill it (armies of them will likely go down swinging), actual competition to the cable market where local and national monopolies can’t lock you into overpriced packages full of channels you don’t want.
Yeah, it’s probably a pipe dream, but maybe, just maybe, we can all realistically dream of the day when you don’t have to wait a week for the cable guy to show up.
The initial lineup of channels is as follows:
- Comedy Central
- Food Network
- HBO 2
- Travel Channel
- Cartoon Network
- Hallmark Channel
- Nick Jr
- TV Land