Verizon is taking the next step in redefining the way people watch TV by adding YouTube to its FiOS TV Internet Video capabilities. Qualified customers can now use their remote controls to search for and enjoy any YouTube video — right on their TV screens. Verizon is also introducing Internet Radio, for FiOS TV subscribers, providing access to hundreds of stations nationwide and the ability to stream music from the PC to the TV.
Verizon’s Internet Radio and Internet Videos services are both accessible via Media Manager, which already allows subscribers to search and view on their TVs user-generated content from online video-sharing sites blip.tv, Dailymotion and Veoh. In addition, Verizon has expanded the Media Manager service, making it available to all FiOS TV HD customers. Previously, it was available only to DVR customers. The availability of YouTube, the world’s most popular online video community, will add thousands more daily videos to the service.
Customers who have a Droid by Motorola or HTC Imagio mobile phone can use those devices as a television remote. The mobile remote has virtually the same functionality as the standard FiOS remote, plus additional features including instantly transferring photos from the handset to the TV screen.