Verizon’s new Fios Apple TV app will let you ditch your extra cable boxes

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If you are a Verizon Fios TV customer, you’ll probably be pleased to know that your TV provider has finally accepted the program and released the long-awaited set-top box version of its Fios TV app, allowing you to replace dedicated Fios boxes with an Apple TV.

Although Verizon has offered a Fios TV app since 2012, it’s always been limited to phones and tablets, making it a great way to stream your Fios TV content to your iPad, but not so useful if you wanted to watch on the big screen. .

Instead, Fios TV customers who wanted to install a TV in additional rooms had to pay Verizon for additional dedicated Fios TV One boxes around their home.

While Fios TV customers will still need to have a Fios TV One box installed, every customer gets their first decoder at no extra cost anyway. However, you will now be able to install the tvOS app on an Apple TV to use it on a second TV elsewhere in your home.

Unfortunately, there’s still a small catch: your Fios TV One box will still only support two simultaneous streams, meaning you’ll only be able to use two Apple TVs at the same time.

Of course, that should be more than enough for most people, and if you really need more, you can always pay for a second Fios TV One box to get two additional simultaneous streams. In other words, you’re now able to set up three TVs for every Verizon set-top box in your house, which is still a pretty big upgrade from the previous arrangement, where you needed one Fios box Separate TV One for each set. .

Verizon announcement details in a press release today, which also added that Mix & Match customers will be able to choose other alternatives such as Sling or YouTube TV instead of Verizon’s Fios TV cable service, while using the Fios TV infrastructure to deliver content to all screens around your home.

While Verizon is a little behind the game on this one, better late than never. However, many other TV providers around the world have already forged ahead by offering entirely app-based versions of their services, without any physical hardware.

For example, in Canada, communications juggernaut Bell has offered an app-based version of its Fibe TV service for about five years, with full support for not only Apple TV, but also Fire TV boxes, Android TV and Chromecast — and the service works anywhere you have a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, not just your home.

While fully hardware-based Fibe TV subscribers have access to additional features such as PVR recordings, the app-based service is fully functional for simply watching live and on-demand TV without the need for additional hardware. .

On the other hand, Verizon does not seem to have really extended the operation of the Fios TV application. It still basically streams content straight from your home’s Fios TV One box, but now, at least, it’s been upgraded to work on the Apple TV and not just your iPhone or iPad.

As a bonus, you won’t need the latest Apple TV 4K model to enjoy it, as it’s also fully compatible with the original 2015 Apple TV HD, so that might be a good reason to put off an older Apple TV box. . in service.

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