Multichannel News reports that Verizon Communications is close to launching a service to provide Web video content from Dailymotion, Veoh Networks and Blip.TV to the TVs of its FiOS TV customers. The service will launch during the current quarter. Verizon said it also is in talks to make YouTube content available through the service. Customers will be able to browse online video clips with their TV remote controls.
The offering actually will be a transcoding services that calls for FiOS TV customers to install Verizon's Media Manager software on their PCs. Users select specific videos that they want to have streamed to their FiOS digital video recorder set-top boxes. The service comes at a time when more TVs are being built with their own Internet connections. News of the imminent launch comes almost a year after Verizon first began to talk publicly about a online video-to-TV trial.
Verizon also reportedly has launched a closed test of on-screen TV widgets for Facebook and Twitter, another development that it has began to discuss publicly in recent months.
- Multichannel News has this story
Verizon talked about its online video-TV test last July
Verizon's test aimed for content integration