Verizon Dialing Back Standalone Live TV Service Plans, Will Partner With Existing OTT Provider Instead

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In March 2017, a report from Bloomberg stated that Verizon Communications was preparing to launch its own live streaming television service, entering as a competitor to DirecTV Now, Sling TV, PS Vue, and more. Later in October, the service was delayed to 2018, and now company CEO Lowell McAdam has hinted that plans for the OTT platform will shift to a partnership-focused model.

    Speaking with Yahoo Finance this week, McAdam said that he believes the "linear" model of TV is dead, referencing how viewers traditionally received their content via a strict live schedule, in contrast to on-demand streaming. Reporting on the interview, Multichannel News stated McAdam is looking into integrating Oath's content (a subsidiary of Verizon) with an existing over-the-top provider.


    McAdam is believed to have a partner for this picked out soon, and the plan is to launch in the fourth quarter of 2018. Back in October, McAdam stated that the company was giving itself six months to decide whether to offer the service as stand-alone or through a partnership -- a decision that now appears to be made.
    It's uncertain which platform Verizon might choose with the growing stable of live TV streaming services on the market. Least likely candidates are DirecTV Now due to AT&T's ownership of the service, and T-Mobile's own upcoming OTT service. Other popular services include YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV, and fuboTV. All of these include options to watch linear live tv, as well as check out content at any time on demand.

    At the time of the initial rumor, Verizon's platform was reported to launch with "dozens" of channels and run between $20/month and $35/month, which are Sling TV's and DirecTV Now's starting prices, respectively. At the time of the delay, people close to the company referenced staff shuffling, negotiations for streaming rights, and technology reboots as contributing factors to the postponed launch, and likely affected the company's decision to partner with an existing service instead.

    At one point Apple was hoping to become a competitor in the live-streaming service field with its own dedicated cord-cutting bundle, but rumors of that service died down after news came out that the company was "frustrated" by its repeated inability to reach mutually beneficial terms with network programmers. Now, Apple is focusing on launching an on-demand streaming service along the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

    Article Link: Verizon Dialing Back Standalone Live TV Service Plans, Will Partner With Existing OTT Provider Instead
  2. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    There should be a standalone streaming service, and they should allow current fios customers to stream from their smart devices.
  3. vertical smile macrumors 68020

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I thought the FiOS app for the iOS allows this already, is this incorrect?
  4. lederermc macrumors 6502


    Sep 30, 2014
    The problem with all of these streaming service is they all bundle 30+ channels of crap with the 3 to 5 channels a person actually watches.
  5. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    It does, but only has a limited amount of channels.

    Certain channels will say “this program is only available when you’re connected to your Fios WiFi router”.

    Since I use multiple base-stations in my house, I’m too far away from the main router.
  6. vertical smile macrumors 68020

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    This has been an on going probably for 30+ years.

    At least it is only 30 crap channels, and not 100 even crappier channels like the traditional cable tv services.
    --- Post Merged, May 24, 2018 ---
    Oh, okay. It has been a long time since I had cable, and I couldn't remember.
  7. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    Kinda like cable TV?
  8. spiddyman007 macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2017
    Haha. He called cable tv linear. You literally can flick through all the stations you like quickly and with streaming tv you have to wait 1000 seconds to load each separate tv app
  9. progx macrumors regular


    Oct 3, 2003
    We are surprised how? Verizon can't seem to compete in its own space effectively, so how was going to make a streaming service to compete with AT&T's DirecTV Now? With T-Mobile and Sprint now merging, I bet they're feeling some pressure to cut corners and not invest heavily in new ventures. The company is standing still in a ever-changing mobile market, they'd better get back at it.
  10. rjbruce macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    Cable is linear. So is Directv, Uverse, etc. Linear means there are channels to flip through, not how fast you can flip through them. This is opposed to a streaming service like Netflix that is purely on demand.

    Most linear providers and now some on demand providers are beginning to merge strategies. Linear providers have the benefit of long standing contracts in place for content, OTT/streaming providers have the benefit of not having to own/maintain the network their service is offered over so can charge less.

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