Verizon develops live TV app for tablets

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Verizon is working on iPad and Android apps allowing users to watch live TV and movies in the home and on the go.

Verizon is working on iPad and Android apps allowing users to watch live TV and movies in the home and on the go.

Surprisingly, the company seems to have announced its plans before finalizing deals with media providers: "Technically we're done, so now we're in discussions with our content partners," chief information officer Shaygan Kheradpir told Reuters.

The app, called What's Hot, allows viewers to pick and choose amongst live shows being broadcast locally, and users can sort options by program type - sports or news, for example.

The company is likely to release an Android version first, with an iPad app to follow - Verizon says it plans to submit the app to Apple for approval by the end of the year. It will hook up to the company's Fios TV network, which currently has over three million users.

"This is why we built Fios the way we did, and this is why we made the investment," said Kheradpir. "We’ve been waiting for devices that are capable of taking this stream and rendering it beautifully."

Verizon says that customers won't have to pay anything extra to watch TV in the home, but that it's talking to media companies about licensing content to be viewed out and about. It says it's in discussions with CNN and Time Warner.

The first stage will be to allow Blackberry and Android users to watch downloaded movies - as well as music and pictures - by the end of the year.

The company has also announced new options for Fios customers to be introduced later this year, including a Flexview service allowing video to be watched on up to five devices. Movies, which will be stored in the cloud, can be bought or rented for as little as $2.