Verizon, Comcast target 'magical' mobile video offerings
Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and its cable TV partner Comcast are working together to create "magical experiences that move seamlessly across all your digital devices," according to a recent Comcast job listing.
The listing solicits applicants for the role of director, product management mobility solution, in Comcast's Philadelphia headquarters and notes that Comcast's mobility solutions team is "pioneering Comcast's strategy to enable new products and services outside the home on a myriad of mobile devices" and also oversees the cable MSO's innovation joint venture with Verizon. The job listing was uncovered by our sister publication FierceCable.
Comcast and Verizon formed a joint innovation lab last year after the MSO, along with Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications, agreed to sell $3.9 billion worth of AWS spectrum licenses to the mobile phone provider. The four MSOs have also signed joint marketing deals with Verizon that allow subscribers who order new cable and mobile phone products to receive discounts and prepaid debit cards.
In November, Comcast CFO Michael Angelakis said during a Wells Fargo conference that engineers from Comcast and Verizon are developing new products to leverage its digital cable platform and Verizon's wireless network and devices. "I don't think you'll see any announcements. I think you'll see us go out and try to execute," he added.
In December, Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam said during a UBS conference that in 2013 Verizon and the cable companies would start to roll out applications and services as part of their joint venture, especially for video transmission. "It's still a little nebulous, but I think it will come," he said.
Verizon also lists several new jobs related to new video products on its job website, but it's not clear if the positions are also connected to the joint innovation lab.
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