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Published on July 26th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson

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Verizon exploring Apple or Google for 5G TV content

Verizon Communications is in talks with Apple and Google to possibly create an online streaming TV service in time for the launch of Verizon’s 5G internet product later this year, according to Bloomberg.

A partnership with Apple or Google could allow Verizon to bundle TV with 5G, helping it to compete with local internet providers that already have online TV streaming services. The wireless high-speed service is expected to debut in the second half of 2018 in Sacramento. 

More details about the TV partnerships are still being discussed, according to a source familiar with the Verizon deal. Verizon, Google and Apple representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

Verizon is expected to update to its 5G rollout plans when it reports second-quarter results next Tuesday. The phone giant came up short developing its own live online TV service, and a partner could help them deliver on its promise of a robust 5G offering in four cities before the end of the year.

The service will broadcast to customer using radio signals that could match or exceed landline connections. Existing internet providers in Sacramento include Comcast Corp., which offers Xfinity Stream, and AT&T which offers DirecTV Now.

Details of the new service, such as timing and price, are still under discussion, according to the source. 

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About the Author

Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the Associated Press and United Press International.



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