D-Link, Sequans Build LTE Broadcast TV Stick For Verizon

When Verizon launches a commercial LTE broadcast service capable of offering viewers access to multiple camera angles from sporting events like the Indianapolis 500, it’s looking more and more like it will rely on an LTE broadcast dongle from D-Link.

LTE chipset manufacturer Sequans Communications announced Tuesday that it is supplying D-Link with its VZ20Q EZLinkLTE module, which has been certified by Verizon.

dlinkj200.jpgIn January 2014, Sequans teamed up with Verizon on LTE broadcast demonstrations that it held in New York the week before the Super Bowl. In its initial demos, Verizon used the Sequans chips to deliver multiple feeds of NFL Network programming to smartphones and tablets. Placing the Sequans chips in a TV Dongle similar to devices like Google’s Chromecast could allow Verizon and its OnCue team to deliver both live sports programming and pay TV subscriptions directly to any consumer within reach of its 4G LTE network. Sequans, which will report fourth-quarter earnings Thursday morning, says the chips can deliver data at speeds of 150 megabits per second.

In September, The Donohue Report reported that Verizon was poised to use the D-Link dongle to launch a subscription video service offering hundreds of channels of programming. While Verizon hasn’t confirmed that it will use the D-Link module with Sequans chips to launch a commercial LTE broadcast service or the over-the-top video service its OnCue team is building, it showed attendees at the CTIA convention in September demonstrations of the D-Link dongle. The device also includes technology from Altair Semiconductor and Roundbox.

Here is a video that we shot of the Verizon demonstration at the CTIA convention in Las Vegas.

Verizon is expected to launch a new over-the-top subscription video service this year that it will deliver through both wired and wireless broadband networks. In recent weeks, Verizon has stepped up recruitment efforts at its San Jose, Calif.-based OnCue unit, which is leading development for the new interactive video service.

Earlier this week, Verizon’s OnCue team posted a job listing for an ad operations program manager. “This is a unique opportunity to be a part of a team focused on a groundbreaking project to shape the future of television. Candidates should have a strong foundation in digital video ad operations and associated platforms. Cable TV and/or display ad operations experience a plus,” Verizon wrote in the job listing.

Verizon also noted that potential candidates should have “previous experience with at least one digital ad platform such as Doubleclick DFP/DFA, OAS, AdTech, FreeWheel, YuMe, Adap.TV, Yahoo, etc.”