Mark it down. November 2010 is the month TV went mobile. Forget earlier efforts, or the fact that there is still massive room for growth and improvement. This month two major providers, Verizon and Comcast, have announced new applications designed to take their TV offerings to the small screen. So far the two approaches are radically different, but rest assured,Verizon and Comcast are converging on the same goals. Here’s a little comparison of what you can do today.
Verizon Flex View App
- Rent or buy videos that can be watched on up to five authorized devices
- 1,400 movies available with TV shows on the way, and a predicted library of 2,000 titles by the end of 2010
- Works on Windows, Android, and Blackberry devices
- Available only to FiOS subscribers
Note that Verizon has also previously talked about bringing linear programming to mobile devices. That’s expected to happen early next year.
Comcast Xfinity TV App
- Search linear and on-demand TV listings on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. (Android support on its way)
- Change channels on your TV right from the Xfinity app
- Schedule DVR recordings
Like Verizon, Comcast says of its Xfinity app, “you’ll soon be able to turn your device into a TV screen to watch your On Demand shows and movies from anywhere.”