Consumers with Verizon’s Fios TV and internet service will now be able to watch their shows on the go thanks to a new feature on the Fios Mobile App.
According to the Verizon, the latest update to the Fios Mobile App will allow Verizon Fios customers to stream nearly all of their DVR-recorded shows on their mobile device anywhere they have an internet connection. The app will also let customers stream every subscribed channel and all recorded content to their mobile device while in their own home, Verizon said.
The Fios Mobile app also lets customers browse On-Demand titles, manage their DVR recordings remotely, use their mobile device as a Fios TV remote and set parental controls.
“The latest innovations of the Fios Mobile app are how today’s consumers want to watch TV and view content,” said Verizon’s VP of Consumer Marketing Susan Retta. “These new features allow our customers to take their home Fios TV experience with them and to enjoy it whenever and wherever they go.”
According to Verizon, the new Fios Quantum TV Mobility feature is available in all markets starting today on both iOS and Android devices through the App Store and Google Play.
The launch of the Fios Quantum TV Mobility feature is Verizon’s latest foray into mobile video content. At the start of October, the company also launched Go90, a mobile content streaming app. Unlike the Fios app, however, Go90 does not carry the Verizon brand name and is focused on a mix of content offerings, including “live events, prime-time TV, best-of-the-web and original series across comedy, music, gaming, lifestyle, sports, news and entertainment.”
Go90’s content comes courtesy of deals with a number of content companies, including ESPN, Scripps Networks, CBS Sports, DreamWorks, Vice Media, Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, ID and the Science Channel, Endemol Beyond USA and New Form Digital, among others.
The new capabilities of Verizon’s Fios Mobile App offer more direct competition to AT&T’s DirecTV App, which also allows DirecTV customers to stream live TV and On-Demand programs to their mobile device. The DirecTV App also includes DVR management and voice search capabilities.
Recently, AT&T has sought to woo its wireless subscribers to its DirecTV service with the “Walk Out Watching” program, which gives new DirecTV customers immediate access to programming through the DirecTV App on their mobile devices.
Since the completion of AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV, the latter has added 26,000 video subscribers. AT&T-DirecTV now has more than 25 million video subscribers in the United States, according to third quarter results.
The release of the upgraded Fios Mobile App could signal Verizon’s interest in trying a similar strategy.
In the third quarter 2015, Verizon posted a 5 percent year-over-year increase in revenue on the strength of both its wireless and Fios businesses. The company added 1.3 million retail postpaid wireless subscribers, 114,000 Fios internet subscribers and 42,000 Fios video subscribers in the third quarter.