Verizon adds more Net content to Fios

The battle for the 21st century TV viewer is heating up as Verizon Communications adds more Internet content to its Fios TV service.

The battle for the 21st century TV viewer is heating up as Verizon Communications adds more Internet content to its Fios TV service. But cable may not be the only competitor Verizon faces as more consumer electronics devices such as Blu-ray players and game consoles add similar Net-based services without an expensive TV service subscription.

Starting Tuesday morning, Verizon Fios TV subscribers will be able to watch YouTube videos and listen to Internet radio from iHeartRadio on their big screen TVs via their Fios TV service. The upgrade, which adds to a growing catalog of Web content available through Fios TV, is free and automatically available for all subscribers.

Verizon is adding more Internet applications to its Fios TV service mainly to differentiate its service from cable providers such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable. But cable companies aren't the only competition. The company is also facing a threat from over the top providers such as Netflix and Amazon, which are also offering on-demand video viewing via consumer electronics devices, like Blu-ray players and game consoles. These devices are also offering access to other Net-based applications, such as Facebook and Pandora Internet radio.

The number of people canceling their TV subscriptions for over-the-top Internet video is still small, but research suggests that consumers are interested in alternatives.

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