Much has been made of AT&T’s efforts to become a media company with its purchase of Time Warner. But as Verizon announced its rollout of 5G residential broadband service in Indianapolis, it made it quite clear that it has some video up its sleeve as well.
Tami Erwin, executive VP, Verizon Wireless Operations, announced that the wireless carrier is poised to become competition with the cable companies and the satellite TV providers by providing YouTube TV and Apple TV 4K as part of its broadband package in Indianapolis and our other three 5G launch cities: Houston, Los Angeles and Sacramento.
YouTube TV will supply more than 60 of live TV channels and with Apple TV users will be able to select all the movies and TV shows from iTunes, Netflix, and Prime Video.
“5G is ushering in a new era of choice TV and Verizon will be the partner of choice for all content and experience creators, and we’ll provide those choices to our customers,” Erwin wrote.
Verizon will also be pushing 5G’s ability to connect more devices in the home, as well as provide high-end gaming. Giving internet service providers new competition.
“You’ll soon have more choice when it comes to internet service providers and be some of the first people to experience 5G – a generational leap over current wireless and home internet technologies,” Erwin wrote.
Why Indy? Verizon has already made investments in city infrastructure and venues such as Lucas Oil Stadium and the Super Bowl convention center and trialed 5G during the Indianapolis 500 in May 2017.