Until now, Verizon(s vz) FiOS customers that wanted to watch TV on their smartphone or tablet were limited to the confines of their home wireless network. On Friday, Verizon announced that some of its channels can now be viewed away from home. The company is setting 9 stations free from home Wi-Fi and customers in certain cities can also watch their local news and weather.
Here’s information on the lineup of channels:
Now, channels available with this initial rollout out of the home include BBC America, BBC World News, EPIX, NFL Network (tablet only) including “Thursday Night Football,” Tennis Channel and networks from Scripps Networks Interactive including Food Network and Travel Channel. All you need is an Internet connection to watch live TV away from the home.
Local affiliate channels for news and weather can be viewed parts of New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
As a FiOS customer near Philadelphia, I routinely watch television at home on my tablets or through my Xbox 360(s msft) on the home Wi-Fi network. The full complement of channels for this is around 75, so 9 is a meager offering. But it is a welcome start so that consumers don’t have to be within the confines of a home network to bring content to more screens.