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Past reports indicate that Verizon may be aiming for eventual pay-per-play sales scheme

When Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) agreed to sell America's top mobile carrier Verizon Wireless -- a joint venture between Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Vodafone Group Plc. (LON:VOD) $3.9B USD of AWS ("advanced wireless services") spectrum, most assumed the deal was relatively straightforward for spectrum-hungry Verizon, who's currently in the middle of an LTE (4G) deployment push.

However, it appears the deal is a little bit more complex.  As part of the deal, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the cable networks will partner with Verizon to resell its planned integrated video service, which will take on Google Inc.'s (GOOG) industry-leading video sharing site, YouTube.

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam told the WSJ, "Technically, I think we could have something out that would be the beginnings of an integrated offering in time for the holidays."

Verizon says it plans to distribute the video both through the tentative joint venture with cable firms, to its mobile device subscribers, and to Verizon Communications' growing number of fiber-optic service (FiOS) customers.

Leaked Documents from a 2010 public webinar presented by top wireless service providers Allot Communications and Openet, indicate that carriers like Verizon (Verizon Wireless's parent Vodafone was shown in the slide) may hope to lure customers into an arrangement in which they are charged individual fees for each video view (the proposed rate for YouTube videos was $0.50).  However, Verizon might be willing to allow its subscribers to get their views at a discount -- or even for free -- as a means of forcing users away from YouTube and adding to its advertising/subscriber revenue.

(Update: A brief statement by Openet was retracted on request of Openet, hence the article shuffling.)

Source: WSJ



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In Comcast/Verizon's dreams...
By Azaraith on 3/30/2012 4:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
Who are they kidding? $0.50 per video? And they think that making it free to FIOS customers would drive people to it rather than YouTube? Which is free anyway? Or are they saying they'd charge their customers $0.50 for YouTube? In which case, goodbye FIOS, hello AT&T U-Verse (or whatever other competing service I can get).




RE: In Comcast/Verizon's dreams...
By bupkus on 3/30/2012 6:10:23 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe they're gonna allow ameture porn........

Yah, dream on.


RE: In Comcast/Verizon's dreams...
By FaaR on 4/4/2012 12:06:45 PM , Rating: 2
What, armature porn? I didn't know people could have a fetish for the rotor of an electric motor...


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