Verizon clearly has the capability and network to stream more data/video to smartphones. Since I can already log in to my DVR box to control recordings, why not push video that is already recorded back to my phone. It would be one more way Verizon could stay ahead of the competition.
Instead of having us download and install yet another media management application (VZ Media Manager), how about just supporting DLNA, so that existing DLNA servers can work with the FiOS TV box?
Windows Media Player on Windows Vista/7 already provides a DLNA server. I see no real reason why VZ Media Manager is necessary.
I understand Media Manager is required for us to be able to access YouTube on our boxes, but surely that functionality can be broken out into a smaller application that can run as a service on Windows, instead of this giant, memory-hogging thing that must run in the foreground all the time...
I think Verizon should allow access to other media on one's home network without the needing the Media Manager software installed.
I have a NAS on my network and I'm able to stream content to my the via my PS3. It would be nice if I could stream content via my Verizon box without having to stream it through a computer that's running Media Manager software.
It's been said in several ways, but I'll sum up my reaction to Media Manager: it is terrible. I'm on a Mac, so that apparently means I'm a second-class customer. It took a long time for Media Manager to come out on the Mac and when it was finally released I eagerly installed it. Trouble is, it is junk.
1. No video support at all
2. It stutters so badly after a few minutes of music that it is worthless
3. Photos frequently have an unexplainable and unfixable "This file has been moved or deleted..." message even though they are not missing or corrupt.
4. Entire Albums don't even show up in the list
I cut the program some slack because it was early in it's release but even after more than a year nothing has changed. It is not useable.
So, long story short. I don't have a cable service right now. I don't watch enough TV to support it frankly. What I do have is a Hulu Plus account that streams through my XBox, and that does me just fine. But, I would like something better if it became available.
So I looked at FIOS, and I liked what I saw, but since I live in West Des Moines, the service as a whole isn't available. I really wouldn't want the whole package, I'd just like what's available through the XBox portion.
Have you folks considered putting together a small package that would be available just for XBox customers with no other aspects? (no home box or anything) Because I can't warrant dropping $80 a month for it when I could just go get cable if that's what I really wanted. Something like $20 / month for Xbox access would be perfect, but it doesn't appear that option exists.
Is it possible for Verizon to make the same functionality availability to us MAC users for the Media Manager program as you do for Windows users. Why are we short changed simply because we use a more technologically advanced platform.
What happen to Music Choice? They changed to format and made it much less interesting. I see they set the "MC" for Music Choice in huge font and the information about the music too small to read? It's not about advertising your brand, it's about providing a good product.
I think there should be an option where you pay so much a month and can rent so many on-demand movies/shows/etc. for that price! Taxing for each movie on-demand is ridiculous. Example: Flex View Package allows you to rent 3 on-demand NEW RELEASE movies + 3 on-demand movies (not new release) + 3 on-demand TV-shows PER MONTH for $19.95 + tax. Flex View NEW RELEASE Package allows you to rent 3 NEW RELEASE Movies PER MONTH for $8.95 + tax. and onward...
It's 8PM. I want to see a movie. I rent a 2.5h HD movie for $6.
Now it's 9PM and I'm tired. I hope to finish the movie tomorrow. But ... I can't. The rental is good for 24 hours only. That's ridiculous. Sorry I have to work tomorrow. The earliest I can sit down to finish my movie is 8PM-9PM. By then my rental is gone.
I think Verizon should come up with a plan where you pay a set amount every month so that you could watch unlimited On Demand/Flex view movies. The kids love watching movies on the weekends and so do the adults but at the end of the month when the bill is, all those rentals add up. A set amount (ie $20) extra every month added to your bill and you get to watch as many movies you want!!
I purchased a NAS/Network Storage Device to store all my music, pictures, and home videos and would like to stream them to my set top box, however my NAS is Linux based, would love to see media manager for Linux soon.