Samsung, Verizon release Fios TV app

MUMBAI: Consumer electronics major Samsung Electronics in the US has announced the availability of the Fios TV app on compatible Samsung Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray players.

The first-of-its-kind app on the Samsung Smart Hub platform lets Verizon’s FiOS TV and Fios Internet subscribers watch 26 live Fios TV channels and more than 20,000 FlexView on-demand movies and TV shows on these TVs and blu-ray players without requiring a set-top box. This furthers both Samsung’s and Verizon’s commitment to developing ways to help consumers enjoy “TV Everywhere.”

Verizon is the first TV provider in the US to offer video content directly through Samsung’s Smart Hub App Store.

Fios subscribers that have either Fios TV or Fios Internet subscriptions can easily download the free Fios TV app on their compatible Samsung Smart devices without requiring a secondary set-top box (STB).

The app will offer access to 26 channels at launch, including CNN, MTV, HBO, TBS, TNT, Food Network and HGTV, based on the subscribers’ current FiOS TV package. The app also offers access to more than 20,000 movie and TV show titles available monthly through FiOS TV’s Flex View, which offers FiOS customers the ability to buy or rent these titles and watch them on the TV, PC or mobile device and now compatible Samsung devices.

Samsung Electronics America VP of content, product solutions Eric Anderson said, “TV Everywhere Applications like this new FiOS TV app push the boundaries of content delivery to meet consumer demand for more control, choice and access to their favourite content. By broadening accessibility through Smart TV applications, Verizon Fios is providing consumers more flexibility for where they want to locate their Samsung Smart TV within their home without the need for a set-top box. This is another example of how Samsung is allowing the consumer to enhance their home entertainment experience.”

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