Verizon's V Cast Gets Youtube Videos28 Nov, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf
Videos from Youtube.com will shortly be literally at the fingertips of fans of the user-generated content site.
Starting in December, Youtube is teaming with Verizon's V Cast network to release a selection of videos from the site. For a limited time, V Cast subscribers exclusively will be able to watch Youtube clips anywhere and everywhere from their mobile phones.
It's the first mobile distribution deal for Youtube, which has become a household name since Google.com's purchase of the site for $1.5 billion in October. Youtube launched in February of 2005.
It's not the last partnership of its kind either, according to Youtube.
“People want to be entertained in a way that fits their individual lifestyles. This service offers our community and Verizon Wireless subscribers a new opportunity to connect and engage with their favorite videos,” said Steve Chen, chief technology officer and co-founder of YouTube. “We will continue to roll out more exciting partnerships and features for the mobile user over the coming year.”
John Harrobin, VP of digital media for Verizon called the deal “groundbreaking.”
“This relationship signals Verizon Wireless' commitment to bring the very best entertainment to V Cast customers,” he said.
V Cast costs $15 per month, or $3.00 per day, for Verizon Wireless customers, in addition to their regular bill.
The service is known for linking up with content providers to offer special programming for its mobile customers. V Cast partnered with reality show “Rock Star: Supernova” this year to give V Cast subscribers extra video content from the competition.