Technology Verizon’s new set-top box is possibly the worst option out there for streaming

03:30  13 november  2019
03:30  13 november  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Verizon will bring it’s 5G network to NYC on September 26th

  Verizon will bring it’s 5G network to NYC on September 26th If you live in New York, you'll soon have the chance to see for yourself whether 5G is worth the hype. On Thursday, September 26th, Verizon (Engadget's parent company) will expand its 5G network to include sections of the Big Apple. As usual, there's no love for Staten Island, but the four other boroughs -- Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx -- will have some form of 5G connectivity starting next week. Unfortunately, Verizon isn't beingEarlier this summer, Verizon expanded its 5G to include parts of Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis and Washington, DC. Once the network is active in NYC, Verizon will have 5G in 11 cities across the US. The carrier hopes to launch 5G in more than 30 cities nationwide by the end of the year.

Verizon is launching a new set - top box , called the Verizon Stream TV. It’ s free for Verizon FiOS subscribers (according to 9to5Google), costs .99 otherwise, and it’ s possibly the worst option for streaming on the market right now. It doesn’t even support Netflix.

Verizon is planning on releasing a new set - top box model later this year that could substantially change how it To find out more or to opt- out , please read our Cookie Policy. The box would deliver content from streaming services and online video from Verizon ' s AOL subsidiary with an all

In case you didn’t already have a Roku device, an Amazon Fire TV, a Chromecast, or an Apple TV, Verizon is launching a new set-top box called the Verizon Stream TV. It’s free for Verizon FiOS subscribers (according to 9to5Google), costs $69.99 otherwise, and it’s possibly the worst option for streaming on the market right now.

a close up of a device© Image: Verizon

First, and probably most importantly, it doesn’t support Netflix. I’m guessing that’s all you need to know to never want to use the Stream TV, and I would understand if you’ve now decided to click away to read any of the other wonderful articles on The Verge. (Verizon confirms it doesn’t support Netflix at the end of this FAQ.)

Verizon adds 5G coverage to three basketball and hockey arenas

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Verizon phased out Analog broadcast over FIOS in the fall of 2008. Prior to the digital conversion in 2009. This allowed them to be grandfatherd by the FCC in not requiring a detachable encryption device with every set top box . IE: Cable Card and also allowed them to continue the use of the DCT-700

Today, Verizon introduced its rumored Android TV-powered set - top box . The Verizon Stream TV is available to order directly from the company' s site. Other than the signature red checkmark on top, the product is unbranded, and we haven't confirmed the manufacturer yet (though one source tells us it' s

But if you’re still with me, here’s what else the Stream TV offers. The box runs on Android TV, supports 4K HDR, and has the Google Assistant and a Chromecast built-in, which could theoretically be a decent combination for $70 if not for, you know, missing a key streaming service. 9to5Google says it will also come with a free month of YouTube TV, if that’s any consolation, and we know it supports Disney+ because it’ll come pre-loaded.

It has the Google Assistant and a Chromecast built-in

Given that the Stream TV runs on Android TV and has a Chromecast built in, we’re not quite sure why you can’t just download the Android TV Netflix app or cast Netflix from your phone — perhaps the box doesn’t have some kind of hardware requirement for Netflix? Maybe it doesn’t support the PlayReady DRM? Or maybe Verizon is just being petty. We’ve asked Verizon why Netflix doesn’t run on the Stream TV and we’ll update if we hear back.

Verizon is giving Unlimited customers 12 months of Disney+ for free

  Verizon is giving Unlimited customers 12 months of Disney+ for free Verizon (Engadget's parent company) is offering 12 months of Disney+ to all of its new and existing 4G LTE and 5G Unlimited wireless customers. New Verizon Fios Home Internet and 5G Home Internet customers will get 12 months of the new streaming service too. The offer begins November 12th, the same day Disney+ launches. This makes Verizon the exclusive Disney+ carrier, and it could help Disney+ better compete with Apple TV+, which launches on November 1st. Apple recently announced that anyone who buys an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Mac will get a free one-year subscription to its service.

It’ s that bulky box the Verizon technician installs for FiOS Internet, TV, and phone. The Coax cable is then split to a Verizon FiOS router for FiOS internet and various Set Top Boxes for FiOS TV. Even for Internet-only customers, Verizon will still run Coax to their router and possibly charge a rental fee

While Verizon ' s set - top box does offer features such as an interactive guide and voice-compatible remote, you can often access Stream Your Heart Out . Those Pennsylvanian Fios subscribers sued Verizon because Verizon didn't tell customers that they could easily access much of the premium

There’s also a chance this actually isn’t the worst option out there for streaming — you could also be saddled with a $13 monthly fee for Comcast’s “free” Flex streaming box, which was initially going to cost $5 a month until Comcast decided it’d be sneakier to insist you pay monthly for a Comcast modem / router combo.

There are way better options out there. We recommend the Roku Premiere because it’s pretty cheap at $39.99, still supports both 4K and HDR at that lower price, and can run just about any streaming app you want. And it’s not made by a telecom company.

Verizon will preload Snapchat on 'select' 5G phones .
Snap Inc. and Verizon (Engadget's parent company) announced today that they are "official 5G innovation partners." As part of the alliance, Verizon will preload the Snapchat app on "select" 5G devices and offer exclusive deals through its Verizon Up rewards program. Snap will develop new AR features and experiences at Verizon's 5G Labs, and you can expect Verizon "premium sponsorship placements" in Snap Originals video series. The partnership isThe partnership is undoubtedly meant to showcase Verizon 5G's potential and Snap's capabilities. Snapchat reaches over 200 million people every day, including 90 percent of all 13 to 24 year olds.

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