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Verizon wants to offer YouTube on-demand via FiOS?

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 8th 2006 8:28PM
You Tube and VerizonAs a Verizon DSL customer, I've been eagerly anticipating to the arrival of their FiOS service to my neighborhood, mainly for the super-fast 15 Mbps download speed on their broadband serivce. But FiOS will also give customers the opportunity to get TV service, even though the jury's still out on whether it provides better value than the "evil" cable providers Verison is trying to defeat. But there's potential that the new service will bring something that neither cable nor satellite can provide: grainy videos of old commercials and teenagers getting hit in the groin.

Thaaat's right, folks: according to Reuters (via our blog cousins at Engadget), the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Verizon and YouTube are discussing an agreement where the recently-Googlified video site will provide content to Verizon via both it's VCAST mobile phone video service and to TVs via FiOS. The videos would be available on the FiOS service on an on-demand basis and likely for only a limited time.

I've got to say, as much as I like YouTube, I can't imagine seeing these blocky videos on a big screen. It seems to be one of those phenomenons that's very computer- and Internet-oriented, where you can just randomly see these videos when you read blogs or get the links in e-mails. I can't imagine going on my digital cable box and punching up videos when I can just watch them on my latptop in less steps. But kudos for YouTube and Google for milking more money out of their corporate America brethren. Let's hope they won't need to use the money for copyright infringement litigation.

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