Verizon is clearly looking to make itself the front door for Internet video this year. Bolstering its tie-ins with Color and Redbox, it's now kicking off Viewdini, a carrier-specific Android app that will help you find video across multiple services: along with Internet-only providers like Hulu Plus, mSpot and Netflix, it will sift through the online component of Comcast's Xfinity brand, taking a little bit more advantage of that cross-sales deal coming out of the proposed spectrum handover. Even Verizon's own FiOS video will be late to its own party, coming "soon." Viewdini will only be available for 4G LTE-equipped Android phones and tablets later this month, with "other operating systems" and services due in the future -- given the currently very short list of non-Android 4G devices, we have a few ideas as to where the app might go next. Either way, get ready to collide with bandwidth caps faster than usual if you love what Verizon plans to offer.
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Verizon Wireless Introduces viewdini: Innovative Mobile Video Portal to Provide Quick and Easy Access to Content
BOSTON and BASKING RIDGE, N.J., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless today introduced viewdini, an innovative portal that creates a new entertainment choice for consumers by making it simple to search and view movies, television shows, and other video on mobile devices.
Viewdini leverages the power of Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network, streamlining access to videos from a wide range of content providers, including cable operators, websites and other popular video sources. Comcast Xfinity®, Hulu Plus, mSpot and Netflix are among the participants at launch, with more including Verizon FiOS expected to be added soon.
"Verizon Wireless has the network to deliver the video choices our customers want with the quality and speed customers demand," said Dan Mead, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless. "Working with a wide range of providers, we're giving our customers a simple and intuitive way to find shows, movies and other videos from the sources they have relationships with and discover new sources of video as well."
Verizon Wireless made the announcement in Boston at The Cable Show 2012, the National Cable & Telecommunication Association annual conference.
Verizon Wireless' viewdini acts as a mobile video aggregator that makes it easy for users to search thousands of titles from some of the Web's leading content providers like Netflix, Hulu Plus, mSpot, TV sites, movie studios, Comcast's Xfinity TV, Verizon FiOS and cable operators. By simply searching for a title, topic, or star's name, viewdini will let customers know which services have mobile video for streaming, and whether it is available at no additional charge, by subscription, to rent or for purchase. A simple click will also provide related content and information like cast and crew info and links to similar titles.
Viewdini will be available to Verizon Wireless customers with 4G LTE Android™ devices later this month, with support for other operating systems expected to be added soon. The application can be downloaded from the Google Play store, and is free to customers.
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