Cellphone company Verizon didn't choose the ideal time to launch a competitive service to your cable TV or satellite TV service. In the decade since it began to slowly install its fiber optic TV service, FiOS, the world has changed.
People simply don't watch TV the way they used to. In fact, people watch 20 minutes less live TV shows than they did before, while TV viewing on smartphones more than doubled, according to the audience measurement company Nielsen.
So, Verizon is offering its FiOS customers a really nice incentive to hold onto their TV subscription. For the first time, its customers will be able to stream shows they've recorded to their DVRs.
In other words, you record TV shows to your FiOS DVR, as you normally would. But, rather than being restricted to just playing them back from your DVR in your living room or bedroom, you can now watch those recorded shows from your smartphone or tablet.