In a move to revamp their pay TV service, Verizon will be disabling the YouTube app on May 1 so it can be offered on a more advanced platform when the telco releases new set-tops later this year.
The removal is strictly temporary, as the YouTube widget is by far the most popular interactive app for FiOS TV customers. Though details for the reasons behind the decision have yet to be disclosed, it is clear that the telco and triple play provider has no plans to replace YouTube.
Verizon will be launching the Verizon Media Server later this year, which will enable direct video streaming from YouTube straight to the set-top box. In any case, subscribers can still access YouTube on their PC or mobile device. For now, they can also download Verizon Media Manager software on their PC, which will allow for online streaming direct to the TV—at least until the Media Server is available.
In the race to offer better, more convenient TV, Verizon FiOS is staying ahead of the pack, having been rated by Consumer Reports Magazine as the best triple play bundle for the money. Only Verizon and Google offer a pure fiber optic network, which is why its services are renowned for unrivaled speed and reliability. Considering the company’s reputation for advanced technology and quality, the launch of the new Media Server should be highly anticipated by consumers and industry competitors alike.