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Verizon Will Aim Red Box Service at Wireless Users
HD Content Versus Your Monthly Bandwidth Cap
by Karl Bode 09:09AM Friday Mar 30 2012
As their cable deal, planned streaming deal with Redbox and this week's arrival of their Home Fusion fixed home wireless service makes clear, Verizon has lofty nationwide branding ambitions that are just starting to take shape. Verizon's planned Netflix competitor under the Red Box brand will, according to comments made to the Wall Street Journal, be aimed at wireless customers, who'll of course face huge premiums as they quickly consume Verizon's LTE usage caps. On the plus side, Verizon's video service may finally deliver the kind of a la carte viewing options users have been looking for:
quote:
"Most content providers realize that the number of channels and the layout that you have within your home may not be appropriate for the mobile environment, and those discussions are just beginning now," Mr. McAdam said. Some content providers, he said, "have come to us and have said, 'We are willing to do an à la carte approach here.'"..."On the wireless side, I think the bill will probably go up because people are going to be using it a lot more," Mr. McAdam said.
Of course other companies with deeper pockets (Apple) have tried and failed to convince broadcasters that they should engage in an a la carte subscription offering. Meanwhile, any battle wherein HD video streams are pitched against low monthly usage caps will result in Verizon as a fairly massive financial winner.

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S_engineer
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Nice...

Crystal clear evidence that caps were always about an overage revenue stream. Now I would think there would be plenty of employers out there that would want to block this capability as well. I can't imagine anybody would be happy to find someone in thier cubicle watching Gossip Girl (it's sad that I actually know what that is)!
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elray

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Re: Nice...

Did you and Karl actually read the article?

It isn't about HD content, and the only reference to caps, is where he suggests the consumer will not pay for video streams bandwidth or overages, instead, the content provider will pay in lieu of the retail customer.

David
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Re: Nice...

I hate to say it but you ask for too much.
openbox9
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The difference may be...

said by Karl Bode:

Of course other companies with deeper pockets (Apple) have tried and failed to convince broadcasters that they should engage in an a la carte subscription offering.

McAdam's appears to be discussing select content owners' interest in À la carte for the mobile component of VZ's pay TV offerings. Other content distributors have been attempting to push À la carte into the living room. Different business models IMO.

jmn1207
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Re: The difference may be...

I just hope the content provider is not Byron Allen's.

I'm not sure if the customer base is going to be able to keep up with these corporate dreams.
nasadude

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Rockville, MD

resist - don't do it!

quote:
....wherein HD video streams are pitched against low monthly usage caps will result in Verizon as a fairly massive financial winner.
because the sheeple can't resist the shiny objects and entrancing services.

stop giving these leeches your business!

FFH5
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Re: resist - don't do it!

said by nasadude:

quote:
....wherein HD video streams are pitched against low monthly usage caps will result in Verizon as a fairly massive financial winner.
because the sheeple can't resist the shiny objects and entrancing services.

stop giving these leeches your business!

I have zero sympathy for the morons who watch videos over cellphone networks. They know there are low caps and high prices. If they watch the videos anyway, I don't want to hear their whining about how they are being ripped off.
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Somnambul33t
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Re: resist - don't do it!

said by FFH5:

said by nasadude:

quote:
....wherein HD video streams are pitched against low monthly usage caps will result in Verizon as a fairly massive financial winner.
because the sheeple can't resist the shiny objects and entrancing services.

stop giving these leeches your business!

I have zero sympathy for the morons who watch videos over cellphone networks. They know there are low caps and high prices. If they watch the videos anyway, I don't want to hear their whining about how they are being ripped off.

not when you're grandfathered in with unlimited LTE for at least another 2 years

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Remember--- with DSL being allowed to die on the vine, with the halt of FIOS, and with Verizon's plan for all future "broadband" service buildouts to be their LTE wireless, LTE wireless may well be the *only* choice available to millions of households.

If people live in Verizon's footprint and can't get FIOS or Cable, but have DSL, this doesn't mean they are safe. DSL is being abandoned and at some time in the future said service could be withdrawn or Verizon could "Decline" to repair said service when needed. Then wireless will be the only option.
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BiggA

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EARTH

Wow

I feel bad for anyone who can't get a cable or DSL line. Shouldn't they have gotten an unlimited Verizon plan a while back though? Then they could get MHS and stream HD video over LTE all day.
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Re: Wow

said by BiggA:

I feel bad for anyone who can't get a cable or DSL line. Shouldn't they have gotten an unlimited Verizon plan a while back though? Then they could get MHS and stream HD video over LTE all day.

Assuming lte is upgraded in their area
BiggA

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Re: Wow

If not, they'd at least have unlimited EVDO. It's about equivalent to an old DSL line.
biochemistry
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Net Neutrality

If Verizon really wants to pull in the customers, they need to make their Netflix competitor offer their video without usage caps ala Comcast's cap exempt Xbox 360 video service.
courty3210

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Wilmington, DE

Re: Net Neutrality

i absolutely agree with your assessment. i think they'll let users partake in redbox streaming and not count towards their montly gb allowance. clever way to get the customer to sign up for that service.