Verizon has indicated that it plans a residential LTE broadband service that could roll out in the fourth quarter, a fixed antenna that would challenge AT&T, Comcast and others for a home broadband connection.
Verizon also reiterated that it plans to concentrate its FiOS investments in areas it already serves.
Verizon executives said that a national rollout of a fixed broadband LTE voice and data package could be based on the "cantenna," a fixed antenna that it has already deployed with DirecTV, according to comments made by Francis J. Shammo, Verizon's chief financial officer, during Verizon's earnings call last Friday.
While Verizon executives did not state that the company was winding down its residential fiber optic (FiOS) service, executives gave several hints that geographic expansion was not in the cards. Verizon already serves 16.27 million premises in its 12-state wireline service territory, representatives said via email, mostly on the East Coast. But Verizon also began indicating in 2010 that it was going to focus its FiOS investments on the markets it already serves, last year.
DirecTV today officially announced the earlier-discussed Sat-Go portable satellite TV solution. The Sat-Go! system, despite its… exuberant name, includes an integrated 17” LCD display and a detachable tuner that can be used as your primary set top box when you’re not slummin’ in your RV. For an extra $4.99 a month, you can mirror your existing programming package through it, which isn’t terrible if you love to camp but hate to miss the game. Or something.
The New York Times is reporting pricing coming at between $1,000 and $1,300 when it launches in the Spring, which is great because DirecTV hasn’t released any pricing details yet. It may seem like a lot, but it’s a small price to pay to keep up on all that NASCAR, am I right?
The Good News: The NFL has announced that it will now stream the entire season (which starts this Sunday) of live games to fans over the Internet.
The Bad News: this service is only available outside of North America.
More Bad News: NFL Game Pass is not compatible with Unix or Linux.
Partnered with Yahoo’s NFL Game Pass, the cost is $24.99 per week or $249.99 for the entire 17-week season. Since DirecTV has exclusive market broadcast rights, the service will not be available in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Antigua, or any of the U.S. territories.
- 500 MHZ or faster processor
- 512 MB or more RAM
- 16-bit sound card
- 64MB video card
- 300kbps or higher broadband internet connection
- Flash 8 PC
- Windows XP
- Windows Media Player 10 or higher Mac
- OS 10.4 or higher
- Safari 2.0 or Firefox 1.5 or higher
- Quicktime version 7.0.3 or greater
- FlipforMac 2.0 or greater
Try it if you are in North America and you get this scary message, “This service is not available in your location. You are attempting to access from a restricted territory.” Big Brother is surely watching us.
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