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Verizon FiOS Mobile brings live-streaming and on demand video to Android

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Verizon FiOS Mobile brings live-streaming and on demand video to Android
A while back Verizon released a FiOS Mobile app for iOS that allowed users to watch certain channels live channels as well as on demand content, but the company left Android users out in the cold. Well, Verizon has finally come around to bring the app to Android users, although it does come with some problems.

First, what the app can do: it allows you to watch certain programs live, offers some premium on demand content, as well as quite a bit of TV and movies on demand as well. But, there are big caveats. The only premium on demand content available is from Starz and Encore, nothing from HBO (not surprising), Showtime, Cinemax, The Movie Channel, etc. The other on demand content only seems to include FlexView content, and no free content. So, the only on demand content you can get for free is from Stars and Encore, and only if you subscribe to those channels (so it's not exactly free anyway). 

The other big issue is that you can only use the app while connected to your FiOS WiFi in your own home. There is no remote access at all. So, the only reason to use this app is if all of the TVs in your house are in use, or you're in the bathroom. Lastly, there are some technical issues. The app is compatible with "many of your favorite Android enabled devices," but not all.

The app was extremely slow to load when we tested it out. We're on 75Mbps FiOS, so it really makes no sense as to why it would take more than a full minute to connect to the app, and another full minute to get the previews of available content. Once in the app, things were fairly quick, and video content loaded up without any issues. 

Still, you may find some value in it. So, if you want to give it a try, the Verizon FiOS Mobile app is available for free in the Google Play Store.

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posted on 11 Jun 2013, 22:12

1. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 819; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


What's up with the cookies and the Russian stuff?

Anyways, FiOS needs to come to my area because U-Verse sucks and is really overpriced.
No surprise that the Verizon app is slow. They take no time or effort to develop their bloat, they just make sure it slows the phone down.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:32

2. iami67 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


1st off why would HBO be on it. Every smartphone can get HBO go which allows you to watch HBO anywhere. So again why waist room on the app to do it there.

2nd All cable providers have it blocked to only work with you home wifi which is stupid like you put but now a downside since they all do it. Honestly your best option if you want live TV on your phone is slingbox or verizon now sales something from belkin which claims to do the same I just havent tried it yet. Dont even bother with these cable apps they are a joke.

Bigest downside with the fios app. I have Comcast now and one of the reason I chose comcast over Fios is because their app while only allowing me to watch tv live like fios does however allow me to record the shows to my phones Sd card. It also give me full access to on demand and strimepix. So if there is anything I want to watch I can save to phone and watch it later. Yes thats not live but a great feature that Fios needs to get in this app.

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