Trailing a few steps behind Cablevision and Time Warner, Verizon is making 75 channels available to its FiOS TV and Internet customers via their iPad. But unlike Cablevision and Time Warner, the service doesn't include local TV channels.
Comcast, meanwhile, has added the ability to download content from some premium channels which were previously available only through on-demand.
Verizon's iPad app went on sale last week in the Apple iTunes App Store.
To use the feature, customers must subscribe to both FiOS Internet and TV service, and must use a Verizon-provided router. Live TV on the iPad is accessible only within a customer’s home over Wi-Fi.
Comcast has updated its service for mobile devices. Besides on-demand streaming of premium channels, subscribers can no download some content for offline viewing. Arriving simultaneously on iOS and Android, the Xfinity TV Player apps support downloads from premium channels Showtime, Starz, Encore, and MoviePlex.
The 75 networks available through the FiOS iPad app -- available to customers based on their TV subscription package -- are: TNT, TBS, Spike TV, USA Network, FX, HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY, Style, History, National Geographic Channel, TLC, Discovery, H2, Military History, NatGeo Wild, Science, ID, Animal Planet, Military Channel, TV Land, AMC, TCM, Hallmark Channel, Nick, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Sprout, The Hub, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, MTV, MTV2, CMT, MTV Jams, VH1, VH1 Soul, Fox News, CNN, HLN, Fox Business Network, CNBC, MSNBC, BBC World News, Galavision, TV One, BET, Centric, Comedy Central, truTV, ABC Family, A&E, Syfy, Bravo, E!, G4, BBC America, TV Guide Network, HBO, HBO2, Cinemax, Epix, IFC, ESPNews, NFL Network, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, OWN, Oxygen and We TV.