Verizon closes down Vcast Video

Michelle Clancy | 04-12-2012

After seven years, Verizon Wireless is shutting off its mobile video service, which originated as Vcast Video and launched with great fanfare back in 2005. The Viewdini video discovery service will persist though, and its popular NFL streaming feature will continue through NFL Mobile, for $5 per month.

The Vcast service will cease broadcasting on 15 December. Launched in a walled garden model, the service offered access to subscribers with enabled phones; a rather anachronistic approach in an over-the-top (OTT)-happy world.

"Verizon Wireless is constantly working to bring the best experiences to our customers," the carrier said on its Website. "To better serve the demands of consumers, on December 15, 2012, Verizon Video will be shut down from use. This will allow us to focus on bringing you the best video experience in wireless."

The Viewdini service, in contrast, is a free app for Verizon iOS and Android devices that helps users find streamable video via partnerships with 12 apps, services and cable companies. Users can search by category, popularity, actor, title and keyword. It also can make recommendations customized for each subscriber.