On Tuesday, Verizon announced that it will be adding YouTube content to its V Cast line-up, as part of its V Cast Video Service. Yesterday (Nov 29), it announced that it in early December some (not all) Revver content will also be available on the same service. Users will need to spend $15 a month to access these video services.
$15 seems expensive for the current V Cast video lineup – even with some Revver and You Tube clips. Keep in mind, Verizon won’t be offering unlimited access to Revver and YouTube clips – just a select number of pre-selected clips. If I were a Verizon customer, to spend 15 bucks a month, I’d expect to be accessing a whole lot of YouTube, Revver, and a TON of free cached TV shows and movies “on demand” and live streaming TV. I’d also want to upload and download video from my phone to both services. In the case of Revver- I’d want to be able to upload my videos from my mobile phone and cash-in on opportunities to make money in the process, which is part of Revver’s business model. In addition to offering only partial YouTube and Revver content, there is no live TV with V Cast – only video clips and a limited number of shows. Plus, V Cast only works on some of Verizon’s phones.
Paying $15 a month when you can use your phone as a modem on another mobile network, connecting it to my PC and accessing the entire internet of social media sites wirelessly for FREE sounds like a better bet.
Alternatively, MobiTV, which is available on Cingular in the US for $9.99/ month (also available via Sprint branded as Sprint TV in the US and on Orange in the UK), streams live (well, short delays) TV to your phone. Okay, so you can’t see videos from Revver or YouTube through MobiTV, but you can see the very latest news, weather, etc. Similarly, if you’re on other networks, there’s no shortage of cheap live TV options…. Vodafone offers a great TV service called Vodafone Live. And another ISV called ROK offers 21 channels of mobile TV and SD cards with movie and TV content pre-loaded on them.