Dish Network has filed several trademark applications to utilize the brand Otto for voice recognition software that could be used to power both its satellite TV service and the mobile phone product it is developing.
The addition of 169,000 FiOS video subscribers--and 188,000 total broadband subscribers--drove Verizon wireline revenues up 15.1 percent year-over-year to $2.6 billion. The subscriber gains easily topped fourth quarter numbers where Verizon gained 134,000 new FiOS subscribers.
About 27 percent of FiOS Internet subscribers are on one of Verizon's Quantum tiers, which offer download speeds of at least 50 Mbps, Verizon disclosed on its first-quarter earnings call Thursday.
Verizon's wireline results in Q1 2013 were once again dominated by the growth of its FiOS Internet and TV offerings, which helped to drive up overall wireline consumer revenues 4.3 percent to $3.6 billion.
Verizon, according to financial analyst estimates, is expected to report that Q1 2013 earnings per share will rise 11.8 percent on strong wireless and FiOS services revenues. The telco will report its earnings before the opening bell rings on Wall Street tomorrow at 8 a.m. ET.
Verizon is pulling its most popular widget, YouTube, from its FiOS interactive menu, the carrier has informed its existing customers. A direct Internet stream will be available to new set-tops starting later this year for subscribers who want to access the Google-owned video service.
LAS VEGAS--Verizon Communications Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam said his company is being pressured by consumers to offer a la carte pricing for its FiOS TV service and he believes this is a concept worth considering.
Verizon Communications views its Flex View on demand service as a necessary piece of its FiOS offering because it keeps customers from churning. In fact, a Verizon executive said that FiOS customers who use Flex View on demand, are three times less likely to churn than customers who do not use the mobile service.
Verizon began notifying its FiOS TV subscribers Thursday that it will move ESPN Classic and ESPN Goal Line / Buzzer Beater next month to its most expensive programming tier, the FiOS Ultimate HD package.
Verizon said Thursday that it will shoot two college lacrosse matches for its FiOS1 regional channel next week, less than one mile from the Bethpage, N.Y., headquarters of rival Cablevision.