Competition watch: FiOS adds YouTube, DirecTV-Dish ally

Verizon may be rolling back rather than rolling out new FiOS sites but, as promised, it's continuing to add features for existing customers. As of today FiOS customers with high def TVs will have remote controlled direct access to Web videos from YouTube as well as the listening pleasure of Internet radio programming from Clear Channel.

The YouTube content mirrors what's available through new broadband-capable TVs and Blu Ray players where subscribers can sort through various YouTube video categories and watch them on the TV.

In a somewhat stranger occurrence, DirecTV and DISH Network said they've buried the hatchet and are now working together to sell interactive TV advertising in a tough market where cooperation is better than competition. Previously the two were embroiled in lawsuits accusing each other of false advertising. Those have been dropped.

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