Verizon is notifying FiOS TV subs that as of May 1, YouTube will be stripped from the service for existing customers — although telco says it will stream popular Internet vid service directly to new set-tops later in 2013.
A Verizon rep declined to explain why telco is shutting down the YouTube widget.
To access YouTube vids under current setup, subs needed to install Verizon Media Manager software on a PC to stream them to the TV. Later this year, telco plans to introduce Verizon Media Server, a device that allows direct broadband video streaming from YouTube to set-top boxes, company spokeswoman said. She added that “the majority of connected TVs and so many connected devices within the average home today also provide access to YouTube.”
Verizon offers a subset of YouTube’s most-viewed clips, not every video available on it.
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Overall, majority of YouTube clips are watched on computers, with 25% of global views (about 1 billion daily) from mobile devices, according to Google.
YouTube is available on the three major game consoles — Microsoft Xbox, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii/Wii U — plus connected TVs and other living-room devices, including the Apple TV set-top, TiVo DVRs and Boxee.
According to Google, the interfaces to integrate YouTube into devices, apps and websites are available to anyone for no fee.