FiOS to offer YouTube, Net radio
Media Manager lets subscribers stream music from PC to TVNEW YORK -- Telecom giant Verizon's FiOS TV service has signed new deals that, it says, make it the first TV provider to offer both YouTube and Internet radio on the TV screen.
The video service that competes with cable and satellite TV operators is adding YouTube and access to hundreds of radio stations, allowing subscribers to stream music from the PC to the TV.
Both services are accessible via FiOS TV's Media Manager, which allows users to search and view on their TV sets user-generated content from such video websites as blip.tv, Dailymotion and Veoh.
The expansion of Verizon's Internet content-on-TV services comes after July's launch of Facebook on FiOS TV. Customers have viewed 15 million Facebook photos on their TV screens since then, according to the company.
Verizon has also expanded the Media Manager service to all FiOS TV HD customers after previously only offering it to DVR customers.
"Adding YouTube and Internet radio to FiOS TV further expands our customers' digital home-entertainment world by giving them access to an unprecedented amount of online content on the biggest screen in their home -- their TV," said Shawn Strickland, vp of consumer strategy for Verizon. "Their TV and Internet worlds seamlessly come together to create experiences cable can't deliver."
Verizon also got Steven Hawley, analyst and consultant of industry research firm tvstrategies, to laud the content deals as a competitive edge.
"While other providers see the Internet as something of a threat, Verizon has embraced it in order to deliver the kind of socially-enabled personal media experience that so many of today's consumers want to see, and have been asking to have on their TV," he said.