The telco provider is hoping to give its fledgling FiOS televsision service a big boost early next year, when it rolls out an app for Apple's
This could be big.
Verizon and AT&T's
It was Comcast
The iPad is perfect for this, obviously. When it first rolled out in April, the top two third-party app downloads were streaming programs for Netflix
Technology that once required setting up a Slingbox or a gadget workaround is now becoming easily accessible -- and seamless. This is great news for couch potatoes who actually leave their homes. As long as the stream quality and connection speeds play along, Verizon's ahead of the inevitable trend.
Will the future be annoying if it's filled with folks in coffeehouses and hotel lobbies glaring into tablet computers for their sitcom and reality-TV fixes? Perhaps, but this may also be the one thing that saves cable, satellite, and telco television providers from extinction.
It's a trade-off worth making.
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