By Rich Nesin, General Manager and Resident Philosopher, HomePNA
Verizon is certainly making points with FIOS TV. Even though they basically provide cable TV over fiber and not IPTV, Verizon does install a, shall we say, non-HomePNA existing wire home network (OK, so it’s MOCA) when they deploy FIOS TV. Inside the home TV programs are carried over the coax as though they were provided by a cable company – which is to say without using IP. Verizon does use IP and the home network for VoD; and now for other stuff too.
As we blogged back in March, Verizon has officially announced some major new additions to its FiOS TV' service - the Widget Bazaar applications store, which includes a Facebook widget, a Twitter widget, and Internet Video on TV. Verizon also plans to have an open development platform so the hordes of programmers churning out Apple iPhone widgets can also write interactive FIOS applications made available through a widget bazaar (similar to the Apple App store - although I understand the offerings will be more controlled). And don't expect them to be clones of the applications you run on your PC or smart phone.
So add these to your over-the–top TV pleasures courtesy of IP and a home network: Twitter, Facebook, ESPN Fantasy Football and.... You'll find them in your FIOS TV Interactive Media Guide. So Tweet your most profound thoughts about the deep reality show you are watching. And Verizon says they will be releasing its Software Development Kit (SDK) soon so stay tuned for dozens more applications.