Verizon’s FiOS, in a First, to Offer YouTube and Internet Radio Over TV

Apr 27, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Verizon is claiming a first for television after signing new deals that it says will allow its FiOS service to offer both YouTube and Internet radio on the small screen, The Hollywood Reporter reports. 

The newest FiOS capabilities come after it added Facebook in July, with its customers accessing 15 million Facebook photos on their TV screens since then. Both YouTube and hundreds of Internet radio stations will be available through FiOS TV’s Media Manager, which is now offered to all of the service’s HD customers after first being limited to DVR purchasers.

"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," said Steven Hawley, an analyst with industry research firm tvstrategies.

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