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November 11, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Verizon, which is both a phone company and the operator of the FiOS broadband and fiber-optic TV service, has announced its own “TV anywhere” version. Called Flex View, the Verizon service will allow its subscribers to view video-on-demand programming on mobile phones, tablet devices, and laptops. The company said that the feature is already available to most FiOS subscribers and will available to all of them by the end of the month. Differentiating itself from its competitors, Verizon said that Flex View will allow users to download content not merely stream it, thereby enabling them to watch even when there is no wi-fi connection available. In a statement, Shawn Strickland, vice president of consumer strategy and planning for Verizon, said, “This is a valuable extension of our FiOS TV VOD service, enabling customers to rent or purchase video programming and enjoy it anytime, anywhere — even outside of Verizon service areas. On planes, trains and automobiles; in hotel rooms and waiting rooms; at work or at play — you name it — Verizon’s new Flex View capability puts video content at customers’ fingertips.” Although Verizon is reportedly in talks with Apple, the service is currently not available to users of the iPhone, iPod Touch, or the iPad.