Verizon Wireless and DirecTV are testing an in-home broadband and video service in Erie, Pennsylvania. The companies are looking to pair Verizon’s new 4G LTE broadband with DirecTV broadcast satellite content. By bundling the two services, Verizon and DirecTV could effectively compete with cable companies outside Verizon’s traditional FiOS service footprint. According to reports, the two companies may expand the trial in 2011.
The homes in the trial are equipped with a rooftop radio antenna to connect to Verizon’s LTE network and a satellite dish to receive DirecTV’s video services. The customer also will receive a wireless router to connect to the 4G broadband network. DirecTV will install wiring in the homes which will be utilised for both services.