Verizon, the iPad and Google

Verizon has big plans for the tablet marketplace – maybe
bigger than they’re willing to talk about right now.

The telecom giant held a press conference Wednesday showing off
an app that would stream live television and on-demand programming to the iPad
for FiOS customers. The application, which also allows customers to see which shows are most popular with viewers in real-time, is expected to be
available next year.

Verizon hopes to extend the app beyond the iPad eventually,
but the initial push will be on the Apple device. It’s already in talks with content
providers to get permission to stream the programs within subscribers’ homes and
doesn’t expect to face any significant hurdles.

Meanwhile, rumors began making the rounds today that Verizon
and Google would launch Google’s in-the-works Chrome OS tablet in November. Download
reports the device will go on sale Nov. 26 – Black Friday. Whispers
indicate the device will be subsidized with a Verizon subscription – which will
make it significantly cheaper than the iPad.

Verizon and Google, of course, have been growing tighter
lately as Droid sales increase and, separately, with their net
neutrality proposal.

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