Verizon eyes live TV app for tablets

NEW YORK - Verizon Communications said Wednesday that it expects next year to launch a software application that will allow FiOS TV customers to watch live television on tablet computers such as Apple’s iPads.

Verizon Chief Information Officer Shaygan Kheradpir told reporters at a demonstration of the new technology that his company is in talks with content providers such as Time Warner Inc to gain rights to extend programming agreements to tablet computers.

Verizon does not expect to pay programmers any additional fees for putting their content on mobile devices. Kheradpir told reporters that he does not expect any resistance from content companies, which are also looking to extend their programming beyond the living room television.

Verizon had 3.8 million customers for FiOS Internet customers and 3.2 million for FiOS TV at the end of the second quarter. The FiOS network has been launched in markets with about 18 million people.

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