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Verizon Wireless Offers Smartphone Video Service
Which Doesn't Work Over Wi-Fi, Could Get Costly For Many
by Karl Bode 11:36AM Monday Aug 22 2011
Verizon today announced "Verizon Video," a new version of the company's video-on-demand application for mobile phones. According to the company's press release, the application provides Verizon Wireless customers access to more than 250 current, full-episode TV shows (including NFL games) from all the major broadcast networks. According to the product website, the service will cost you $3 per day or $10 per month in addition to your existing plan, and is only available for select phones (you can find a compatible phone list here). Interestingly Verizon has made the decision to not allow this to work over Wi-Fi, meaning users will often run into their monthly caps and Verizon's $10 per gigabyte overage fee which -- aside from trying to compete with Netflix -- is likely the whole idea.

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pnh102
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Mount Airy, MD

Oh Look

Yet another nice idea that is absolutely useless because it is unaffordable.

This makes about as much financial sense as offering higher data speeds so you can hit the caps faster.
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"Net Neutrality" zealots - the people you can thank for your capped Internet service.

Boricua
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Sacramuerto

Re: Oh Look

I agree. That's why I waited until the current phone I have was off their list as having a data package requirement.
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Dingbits

join:2009-06-02
Parachute, CO
Yes... Innovative indeed.

AntiDictator

@myvzw.com
Libya removed their dictator. When are we going to remove dictators (VZ,AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) ? LOL!!!!
Expand your moderator at work

mamoon

@sbcglobal.net

Re: Dictators

ROFL
jjeffeory

join:2002-12-04
USA
Agreed.
axus

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Washington, DC
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if it were exempt from the cap, it'd violate net neutrality

If watching "other people"s "mobile video" counted against you but Verizon's didn't, that would be an unfair tie-in. And definitely not network neutral behavior.

It's not a service I'm interested in, but its nice that Verizon is trying out new services in a net-neutral way

canesfan2001

join:2003-02-04
Hialeah, FL

Re: if it were exempt from the cap, it'd violate net neutrality

Didn't read the article, huh?

MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1

Too expensive, given verizon's data caps

You can get hulu plus for less, which may even have more content.
As a someone with a grandfathered unlimited plan, it might not be too bad, but for someone on a 2gb plan, your basically paying extra for streaming video and then getting charged again for overages.
I understand the net neutrality implications but it doesn't change the fact that it's a bad deal.
Maybe if Verizon has instituted reasonable data caps, maybe 5gb for 3G and 20GB for LTE it would be ok.
But as always their only interested in finding new ways to cox users into overages.

fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
kudos:2

Isn't this vcast?

I seem to remember they debuted something similar with vcast years ago. Only difference is that it allows full episodes now instead of just clips.
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY

keep rolling out bad ideas

and watch how the customer base leaves...
raise prices and watch how it the leaving customer base accelerates!
openbox9
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1 recommendation

Re: keep rolling out bad ideas

Umm, this is an additive service. Why would customers leave because of an add-on service that they may or may not be willing to pay for?
room200

join:2000-09-08
Chicago, IL

Re: keep rolling out bad ideas

Because of the perception that they continue to screw over their customers. That's an easy one. Remember, perception is reality.
openbox9
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Germany
kudos:2

Re: keep rolling out bad ideas

Let me know when VZW starts losing customers in droves because of the perception of being screwed. Let me know when VZW starts losing customers.

rit56

join:2000-12-01
New York, NY

Ripoff

I hope this is a failure.. There is nothing good or innovative about this. It is and yet another way to screw their customers. 100 % unaffordable.

emohair

join:2011-08-24

Re: Ripoff

I agree, nothing special in this innovation, only expenses increased!

Steve B
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Seattle, WA

WTF? Really?

This lame brained idea would've been your typical carrier add-on BS that I could've cared less about. However, since they conveniently (for them) decided to only have it work over THEIR data network (no wi-fi), I'm pissed off about it and I'm not even a VZW customer. Its a damn clear money grab by not allowing it to work over wi-fi. WTF....are they insane?
openbox9
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Re: WTF? Really?

Customers aren't required to subscribe to this service. If they don't like the terms, they can avoid it. By basic definition, any service offering by a business entity is a "money grab".
Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO

Re: WTF? Really?

Thank you captain obvious. For a second there I thought I had to start sending Verizon a check every month and I don't even have service with them!!!!!
openbox9
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Re: WTF? Really?

The point is that there's a lot of whining in this thread (and this forum in general) about VZW doing nothing more than conducting a "money grab". People tend to whine and throw around terms that they don't truly understand the meaning of. So, if I need to be "Capt Obvious" to correct a misconception, then give me a cape. Like it or hate it, this VZW service is an optional service. If you don't like it, don't subscribe. If you do like it, then enjoy watching video on a tiny screen for $10/mth.
Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO

Re: WTF? Really?

I'm just glad we have you here protecting us.

Thanks for your hard work!
openbox9
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Re: WTF? Really?

Since select others tend not to contribute much to discussions, I though it the least I should do.
room200

join:2000-09-08
Chicago, IL

Re: WTF? Really?

And here you are whining about others whining. How are you any different? Do you own Verizon?
openbox9
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Re: WTF? Really?

Where am I whining? And yes, I do own Verizon.
jjeffeory

join:2002-12-04
USA

2 edits
That always comes across as a standard line.... If they don't like it, they can avoid it. In this case I agree. However, the whole point of commenting one way or the other is to give an opinion on said service. Given everything we know about Vz's service as it is currently, it is my opinion that this add-on isn't a very good value if you're concerned about price value.
openbox9
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Re: WTF? Really?

I agree, and I won't be subscribing. I doubt that many others will either.

jmn1207
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Ashburn, VA
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Great, another potential bloatware app to ignore.
openbox9
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Germany
kudos:2

Re: WTF? Really?

Not if you don't download the app

jmn1207
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Ashburn, VA
kudos:1

Re: WTF? Really?

said by openbox9:

Not if you don't download the app

Or purchase a new phone, or update the software...

Do you know for a fact it will only be made available if you opt to download it?

When Sprint made a deal with Blockbuster, everyone had a new app pushed to their phones that automatically communicated over the air to update movie catalogs in the background, unless this option was deactivated.
openbox9
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Re: WTF? Really?

No, I don't know for a fact that it will be pre-installed. Do you? My DX came with the Blockbuster app, and many other unwanted/unneeded apps, until I fixed the problem. Where there's a will, there's a way.

jmn1207
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kudos:1

Re: WTF? Really?

said by openbox9:

No, I don't know for a fact that it will be pre-installed. Do you?

No, but I did use the word "potential" in my comment. Guess we will have to wait and see. Rootability (better patent that word before Apple gets a hold of it) is just another feature I suppose many of us will have to weigh-in before purchasing a new phone going forward.

FFH
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Tavistock NJ
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said by openbox9:

Customers aren't required to subscribe to this service. If they don't like the terms, they can avoid it. By basic definition, any service offering by a business entity is a "money grab".

And they can get that same content over WiFi from providers other than Verizon and all on the same smartphone.
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defiant
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join:2000-09-04
Monroe, MI
kudos:2

Obvious money-grab

I'll pass... Besides, I'd rather have (if I had the money) a Slingbox w/ Android app for streaming OVER WI-FI!

Rob
In Deo speramus.
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Kendall, FL
kudos:3

1 recommendation

It's such a bad idea..

That I thought AT&T came up with it!

JayKresge

@comcast.net

You left out the best part!

In addition to the $10 monthly charge, they charge you an extra $5.99/month to subscribe to Crackle through the Verizon video service! Crackle is free! If you have an Android phone, most of them can already download and run the Crackle app, which again, is free!

IowaCowboy
Iowa native
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Springfield, MA
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Unlimited data

I have the unlimited data (grandfathered) so overages won't be an issue for me...

ArrayList
netbus developer
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Brighton, MA

Re: Unlimited data

how much do you want to sell that to me?

88615298
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West Tenness

I thought they were running out of spectrum?

Isn't that why they're trying to steal more from OTA TV? Yet they apparently have enough to not only have a video service but one that only runs on their network and not wi-fi. You'd think allowing wi-fi would save stress on their supposed "congested" network.