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Verizon catches up to the pack with on-the-go DVR streaming

Users of Verizon’s FIOS internet and FIOS Quantum television service can download (or update) their FIOS Mobile apps to get in on the action now. Still, now that Verizon has more-or-less hit feature parity with some of its biggest competitors, you’ve got to wonder where the massive telecom is going to take that fiber network next. After all, it already bailed on fleshing out its infrastructure for large swaths of New York City, and the company’s head of FIOS recently admitted she basically “cut the cord” herself. Like it or not, Verizon looks at mobile as its future — that may ultimately leave some of home-bound customers feeling left out in the cold. – Chris Velazco, Engadget Engadget

Verizon tests new fiber system that hits 10Gbps speeds

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Verizon has announced that it has successfully completed field tests of its new super-fast fiber optic technology, dubbed the next-generation passive optical network (NG-PON2). It could offer users connectivity speeds anywhere from 10Gbps to 80Gbps some point “in the future”, according to a Verizon press release. […] The company sees its implementation as a necessary step for the upcoming shift to 4K video streaming. As such, Verizon will begin issuing “requests for proposals” for the hardware and software needed to upgrade its FIOS service later this year. There’s no word yet on when the service will actually come online but it will likely only be available to businesses at first. – Andrew Tarantola, Engadget http://engt.co/1IDIGH5

Verizon Snags Broad HBO Now Rights

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Verizon Communications Inc. and Home Box Office (HBO) Inc. announced a sweeping deal Tuesday that gives the big US telco the right to distribute HBO NOW to its 9.2 million standalone broadband customers today, including both DSL and FiOS subscribers. Verizon thus joins one of its chief broadband and pay-TV rivals, Cablevision Systems Corp., in offering the new HBO OTT service to its customers. Like Cablevision, Verizon is offering the service for $14.99 a month, following a 30-day free trial. – Alan Breznick, Light Reading
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Verizon to Offer Slimmer TV Channel Packages to Battle Streaming Rivals

Verizon’s new service, called FiOS Custom TV, starts at $55 a month and offers a base channel package with more than 35 channels, including local broadcasters and networks like CNN, HGTV, AMC and the Food Network. In addition, customers can select two of seven genre-specific packages — like sports, children or entertainment — that include about 10 to 17 additional channels and are part of the $55 monthly charge. Customers also can add channel packages for $10 a month and change their selections after 30 days. – Emily Steel, The New York Times

Netflix’s list of America’s fastest ISPs in January – did yours make the cut?

It’s been a while since we checked in on Netflix’s list of America’s fastest ISPs and it looks like longtime champion Verizon FiOS is finally getting some real competition. According to Netflix’s latest rankings, FiOS is now in a virtual tie with Cablevision Optimum for the fastest average Netflix streaming speeds of 3.43 Mbps. – Chris Reed, BGR
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Why it might be illegal to show Game of Thrones at your local bar

[I]s it legal to broadcast HBO in your bar? Or Netflix? Or the World Series? Surprisingly, it depends. Start with an ordinary terrestrial HDTV broadcast of Game 1 of the World Series on FOX. That’s legal provided that: (1) you don’t charge for admission; (2) your food or drinking establishment has less than 3,750 square feet of space; and (3) you have no more than four televisions showing the broadcast, none of which are more than 55 inches. (See 17 U.S.C. § 110(5)(B)(ii) if you want to check for yourself.) […] The Verizon FiOS Terms of Use provide you no cover: “You agree to use the Service only for your private non-commercial use and own personal viewing enjoyment. The Programming distributed via the Service may not be viewed or otherwise displayed in areas open to the public…” Time Warner Cable gets more personal: “You may not share our in-home Services or related Software with any person who is not a member or guest of your household or to persons outside your premises.” […] Netflix kills the party in 6(b) of its surprisingly readable Terms of Use: “The Netflix service, and any content viewed through our service, are for your personal and non-commercial use only … You agree not to use the service for public performances.” Pretty clear there. – David Boag,BOAG LAW, PLLC via Gigaom
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Netflix Streaming Improves for AT&T, Verizon

In July, AT&T’s U-verse average speed was 1.44 Mbps, followed by its DSL service with 1.11 Mbps. For August, the U-Verse speed took a dramatic turn for the good with an average of 2.61 Mbps. The DSL service also saw a slight increase with an average speed of 1.81 Mbps; still not ideal, but better. […] On the Verizon front, its FiOS service had an average speed of 1.61 Gbps, and its DSL service had an average speed of 0.97 Mbps in July. For August, the speeds jumped up to 2.41 Mbps and 1.31 Mbps, respectively. Time Warner Cable also saw a slight increase, moving up from 2.16 Mbps in July to 2.59 Mbps in August. – Kevin Parrish,Tom’s Hardware
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Verizon made an enemy tonight

I pay [Verizon FiOS] for 75 mbps down, 35 mbps up on my Fios connection. This Netflix video streams at 375 kbps (or 0.375 mbps – 0.5% of the speed I pay for) at the fastest. I was shocked. Then I decided to try connecting to a VPN service to compare. […] [O]n Fios it streams at 375 kbps at the fastest. The experience sucks. It takes an eternity to buffer. Then I connect to a VPN (in this case VyprVPN) and I quickly get up to full speed at 3000 kbps (the max on Netflix), about 10x the speed I was getting connecting directly via Verizon. […] It seems absurd to me that adding another hop via a VPN actually improves streaming speed. Clearly it’s not Netflix that doesn’t have the capacity. It seems that Verizon are deliberately dragging their feet and failing to provide service that people have paid for. Verizon, tonight you made an enemy, and doing my own tests have proven (at least to me) that you’re in the wrong here. – Colin Nederkoorn, Customer.io via iamnotaprogrammer http://ift.tt/WgDMMN

Netflix performance on Verizon FiOS dropped another 17 percent in June

Netflix’s latest ISP speed rankings, released today, show that the average prime time streaming speed on Verizon FiOS dropped from 1.9Mbps in May to 1.58Mbps in June, a decline of 17 percent. Verizon DSL dropped from 1.05Mbps to 0.91Mbps, a decrease of 13 percent. […] Netflix performance is also getting worse on AT&T, though that’s less of a surprise since Netflix has not yet agreed to pay AT&T for a direct connection. AT&T U-verse performance dropped from 1.7Mbps in May to 1.5Mbps in June, while AT&T DSL performance dropped from 1.26Mbps in May to 1.13Mbps in June. Netflix performance on Comcast dropped a bit too, from 2.72Mbps to 2.61Mbps, […]. Cablevisión, which agreed to give Netflix free connections to its network, leads major ISPs in the US with a rating of 3.03Mbps. The US average across all ISPs is 2.18Mbps. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica http://ift.tt/1oA5uuz