LG embeds Verizon FiOS app, VOD in smart TVs

Michelle Clancy | 29-11-2012

LG is building Verizon FiOS' multiscreen on-demand platform, Flex View, into the LG Smart TV platform and Blu-ray players. The effect is the transformation of an LG connected TV into a set-top box alternative within the home. Verizon FiOS TV customers also can watch 75 broadcast channels.

"The expansive selection of channels from FiOS TV and on-demand content from Verizon's Flex View library further strengthens LG's Smart TV platform, giving consumers of all ages a virtually limitless amount of entertainment on TVs, Blu-ray players, PCs, even tablets and phones," said Samuel Chang, vice president for Smart TV and Innovation at LG Electronics USA.

"As we see more and more consumers adopting the multi-screen universe, LG continues to seek content and alliances that broaden our Smart TV offerings to provide the best experience on whichever device consumers choose to use," Chang said.

Verizon customers who subscribe to both FiOS TV and Internet service can access the application via the Smart World section on LG's Smart TV interface. Among the 75 channels are consumer favourites such as HBO, Food Network, NFL Network, TBS, VH1 and others, offering content for all age groups and preferences.

FiOS TV's Flex View meanwhile offers more than 25,000 on-demand movies and show titles for purchase or rent on any Internet-connected device, whether home on a TV or PC, or on-the-go on a mobile device.

"Offering more FiOS channels on LG Smart TVs epitomizes Verizon's commitment to delivering the best in-home entertainment experience to our customers across the greatest number of viewing platforms," said Maitreyi Krishnaswamy, director of product services for Verizon. "We understand that consumers' content consumption habits are changing and consumers are engaging on many different platforms within the home. We're working with LG to make watching TV and interacting with it more interesting and enjoyable than ever before."

Also, leveraging the LG Magic Remote, Verizon's FiOS search on LG Smart TVs and Blu-ray players provide search results across the portfolio, along with parent-friendly features like parental PIN options to restrict mature content and a purchase PIN requirement for authorization of any rental and purchases of on-demand content through the application.