Verizon Makes 3D Plans for FiOS
NEW YORK: Verizon is jumping on the 3DTV bandwagon, but
not without a swipe at competitive carriers that are launching first.
“Verizon’s network can easily handle the 3D signal, and we are committed to
having a 3D offering later this year, surely in time for the holiday tech
buying season, when the penetration of 3D-ready sets increases,” wrote Jim
Smith on Verizon’s blog. “Just as we did with HD, we’ll bring the broadest
range of 3D possible to the market supported by the best technology and
Cablevision carried the first live stereoscopic TV event in the United States into homes last week with a hockey telecast. Comcast recently announced live distribution of
stereoscopic 3DTV to its HD subscribers with the Masters golf tourney next
month. Cox Communications will also carry the 3D feed. DirecTV is launching 3D
channels in June, including ESPN’s.
Smith plants Verizon’s flag on access to 3D content produced by competitors
that might choose to carry it exclusively. The remark particularly targets Comcast,
which excluded satellite and telcoTV providers from carrying the Masters in 3D,
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“You’ll see various grandstanding plays by cable companies who also produce
content and can play it on their networks in 3D, hoping to make headlines with
their ‘firsts,’ while excluding Verizon and other competitors from carrying
this material,” he said. “Is it unrealistic to think integrated operators
should share their 3D content with all their viewers, even those served by
Smith said Verizon is working in its 3D strategy and service options, including
video-on-demand, pay per view and regular telecasts.
“Verizon is focused not only on the most content, but also on the best customer
experience,’ he said. “That’s why you’ll see us enter the market with a
rational, satisfying 3D package, not flashes of 3D titillation.”
No specific launch date nor further details were provided.
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