Verizon and Motorola have teamed up to create the new Media Server platform, which may one day be the standard for all FiOS subscribers. This new solution can support up to 5 TVs—meaning that one TV will be connected to the media server, with 4 other set-top boxes connecting the other 4 TVs. All TVs can be tuned to different channels without any problems or conflicts. The main feature, however, is the ability to record 6 shows at the same time, which viewers can then watch on all connected TVs.
If you’re worried about lack of storage space from all the recordings, don’t fret—the Media Server allows for 1 TB of storage, which equals 100 hours of Hi-Def programming or 1000 hours or more of Standard Def content. This new box is much thinner and sleeker than current set-top boxes, which has been described as being “as thin as a paperback novel.”
Another improvement (at least this feature makes it easier for subscribers to spend their money) lets you shop from over 15 shopping channels and buy what you want with your remote. Browsing through the on-demand library should be easier and more convenient, so you can spend less time searching and more time watching. Widgets are available for download, including the YouTube widget that lets you watch online videos on your TV. As an added bonus, the new platform is compatible with iPads, Xboxes, and connected TVs.
When will Verizon FiOS roll out the new Media Server? There are no announcements as of yet, with Verizon staying mum about the launch date and price points. There is speculation that the server will be launched this year, but will this new solution be affordable? Will this new set-top box make the current ones obsolete? If this set-top box becomes standard, will Verizon and Motorola develop the technology to enable tiered servicing that can be controlled remotely? Since the new box will be smaller and lighter than the current boxes, it may be worth Verizon’s while to eventually phase out the larger boxes. Whatever the telecom MSO’s actual plans are, it’s hard not to get excited over the amazing possibilities of the new FiOS TV Media Server.