Verizon is continuing to extend access to its FiOS TV service (at least, within the homes of subscribers) by bringing an app to LG Smart TVs with access to 75 channels and Flex View video on-demand. That follows the iPad last week, as well as earlier apps for the Xbox 360 and Samsung's connected TV platform. As promised back at CES -- when they said it would launch in the "first half of 2012" -- the app is of course customized for LG's Magic Remote gesture control feature, and is available on all 2012 Smart TVs, plus the BP620 Blu-ray player via the Smart TV smart World app store. The good news is you can make use of it in a room with no cable box needed, however the lineup is still missing a few key channels (ESPN) that may be tough to do without. Verizon recently announced a deal with NBCUniversal to increase its TV Everywhere selection, if it can add a few more the set-top box-less future may be within reach.
LG, Verizon Stream 75 Popular TV Channels To LG Smart TV Platform
Premium LG Smart TV Application Offers Alternative to Set-top Box; Provides Access to 'Flex View' On-Demand Content
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The powerful LG Smart TV platform from LG Electronics is the first to allow Verizon FiOS TV customers to enjoy 75 broadcast channels, serving as a set-top box alternative within the home. The new premium application on LG's 2012 Smart TVs and Blu-ray Disc players also delivers Verizon FiOS' on-demand content service, "Flex View.*"
"The expansive selection of channels from FiOS TV and on-demand content from Verizon's Flex View library further strengthens LG's Smart TV platform, giving consumers of all ages a virtually limitless amount of entertainment on TVs, Blu-ray players, PCs, even tablets and phones," said Samuel Chang, vice president, Smart TV and Innovation, LG Electronics USA, Inc.
"As we see more and more consumers adopting the multi-screen universe, LG continues to seek content and alliances that broaden our Smart TV offerings to provide the best experience on whichever device consumers choose to use," Chang said.
Verizon customers who subscribe to both FiOS TV and Internet service can access the application via the Smart World section on LG's Smart TV interface. Among the 75 channels are consumer favorites such as HBO, Food Network, NFL Network, TBS, VH1 and others, offering content for all age groups and preferences.
LG Smart TV owners also can access FiOS TV's Flex View, which offers more than 25,000 on-demand movies and show titles for purchase or rent on any Internet-connected device, whether home on a TV or PC, or on-the-go on a mobile device.
"Offering more FiOS channels on LG Smart TVs epitomizes Verizon's commitment to delivering the best in-home entertainment experience to our customers across the greatest number of viewing platforms," said Maitreyi Krishnaswamy, director of product services for Verizon. "We understand that consumers' content consumption habits are changing and consumers are engaging on many different platforms within the home. We're working with LG to make watching TV and interacting with it more interesting and enjoyable than ever before."
The FiOS TV application is easy to use with the LG Magic Remote, and now it's even simpler for FiOS subscribers to find the movie or TV show they want to watch. For the first time, Verizon's FiOS search on LG Smart TVs and Blu-ray players provide search results from a choice of 75 broadcast channels and Flex View content. In addition, parent-friendly features include parental PIN options to restrict mature content and a purchase PIN requirement for authorization of any rental and purchases of on-demand content through the application.
The premium Verizon FiOS application is available on all 2012 LG Smart TV series (LM9600, LM8600, LM7600, LM6700, LM6200, LS5700, PM9700, PM6700 and PM4700) and the BP620 LG connected Blu-ray player. The App is available in LG's Smart TV Smart World. For more information, please visit LG.com.
* Verizon FiOS TV and Internet subscriptions required and sold separately. Subscription to HBO, Cinemax and EPIX is also required to access those channels. Customers must be in range of a FiOS router to use Live Streaming Channels. Content and services vary by product and are subject to change without notice.
. Designs, features and specifications subject to change without notice. LG LED TVs are LCD TVs with LED backlighting.
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