Escape The Shackles Of Video Content Providers With Viewdini: A Mobile Video Aggregator From Verizon Wireless
Today, Verizon Wireless announced that they will be releasing their mobile video aggregator, Viewdini, later this month. With Viewdini, users will be able to search through thousands of titles from leading content providers such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, mSpot, TV sites, movie studios, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Verizon FiOS and cable operators. From there, users will be able to see if any videos are available and whether or not they are free or require a subscription, rental, or purchase.
Video aggregators are nothing new, and this news is actually quite funny considering Verizon is guilty of preloading phones with another video aggregator called VideoSurf. Hopefully Verizon doesn’t force the new Viewdini on its customers as it did with VideoSurf, because if you look at the reviews for VideoSurf, it’s clear customers are not happy about it.
I don’t think it will come pre-installed on devices as Verizon states it will be free to customers and available for download in the Google Play Store, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
You can read the full press release below.
Mobile Video Portal to Provide Quick and Easy Access to Content
Video from Leading Content Providers, Including Verizon FiOS, Comcast and Others, to Give Customers Choice of Entertainment on Mobile Devices
BOSTON and BASKING RIDGE, N.J., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — 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(TM) 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.
For more information about the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, please visit: www.verizonwireless.com/lte .
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com . To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia .