Verizon kills the YouTube experience dead

Verizon kills the YouTube experience dead

Summary: After much talk, mobile access to YouTube becomes a reality - well sort of.

TOPICS: Verizon

Verizon Wireless announced today that it is to offer YouTube videos to its cell phone customers who subscribe to the company's Vcast service. So after much talk, mobile access to YouTube becomes a reality - well sort of. You see Verizon has got it all horribly wrong. Rather than let customers access online video (from any site) as part of their regular data plan - doing so breaks the TOS - they are required to subscribe to an additional service (Vcast) which will give them access to 'selected' content from YouTube. That's right - the powers above that are Verizon will get to decide which YouTube content its customers can access - and it's unclear on what criteria this will be based. By imposing this restriction Verizon breaks the most important factor in YouTube's success and popularity - its viral power.

Imagine the scenario: a friend sends you an email with a cool YouTube video link. Click on that link via your cell phone and woops, it's not one that has been preselected by the Verizon gods - so you're out of luck. The same applies to browsing various blogs which contain embedded YouTube videos. In breaking the link between the videos it serves and the rest of the internet, Verizon misses the whole point of YouTube and kills the experience dead.

Topic: Verizon

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  • Yes, it's "selected" video clips...

    ... in the article, though that seems impractical. Unless Verizon intends to hire a staff of video watchers to give critical approval.

    How else could the clips be filtered on a whitelist basis?

    A blecklist would be easier to understand.
    Anton Philidor
  • Agree

    I completely agree. Keith Knutsson
  • Something on YouTube that Verizon wants nobody to see?

    Maybe their plans to merge with AT&T and Qwest to form AT&T 2.0 in hopes of seizing control over the net being exposed?

    OK, how about a disgruntled former employee with some juicy dirt on the baby Bell?

    Whatever it is, I got to find it before Mutha Bell does and tries to destroy it for everyone.
    Mr. Roboto
  • YouTube shut down TinyTube

    More than this, a day after the Verizon announcement YouTube shut down a 3rd-party mobile service called TinyTube. So this deal is reducing worldwide mobile access to YouTube content.