Verizon Coming to the iPad in New Live TV App
Here's a headline involving Verizon and Apple that you may not have been expecting. Unlike the plethora of Verizon iPhone rumors that continue to populate the web before any concrete evidence of such a development has been made public directly from the wireless carrier, we are hearing about much more plausible Apple-Verizon pairing in the near future. And this one involves the iPad.
Verizon said today (Verizon itself, not sources familiar with the situation) that "it expects next year to launch a software application that will allow FiOS TV customers to watch live television on tablet computers." Yes, that includes the iPad. With content being king in the mobile TV and video space, it makes sense that Verizon Chief Information Officer Shaygan Kheradpir informed reporters at a demonstration of the new technology "that his company is in talks with content providers such as Time Warner Inc. to gain rights to extend programming agreements to tablet computers."
The start of a public relationship (at least to a small degree) between Verizon and Apple is sure to kick-start a new batch of reports and speculation about what this development could lead to. For now, we can simply report what we know. And the (confirmed) story of the day is that Verizon has dibs on the iPad platform for its new venture. As reported by Reuters, Verizon "had 3.8 million customers for FiOS Internet customers and 3.2 million for FiOS TV at the end of the second quarter." With a large audience already in place and enormous potential for growth on the horizon, a Verizon offering on the iPad almost seems like too-much of a no-brainer to pass up.