Verizon FiOS TV adds YouTube and Internet radio streaming

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Verizon has announced they are now allowing qualified customers to stream YouTube videos and Internet radio from their PC to their set top box.

Verizon is taking the next step in redefining the way people watch TV by adding YouTube to its innovative FiOS TV Internet Video capabilities. Qualified customers can now simply 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.

For this to work you need the Media Manager installed on your Windows PC, sorry no Mac support. The Media Manager software will then stream the content from the PC to the set top box. Once the software is setup, you then control it with your remote or you can download an app that will allow you to control your tv with a Droid by Motorola or the HTC Imagio.

Verizon already allows streaming video from blip.tv, Dailymotion and Veoh so the YouTube addition seems to fit nicely. Though it isn't clear why you have to stream the content through your PC and not directly on the set top box; all FiOS boxes are connected directly to the internet.

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This is a nice addition, but there is no Mac support so I can't even use it anyways.

FiOS is nice in terms of the amount of HD channels, and internet speed, but there have been so many problems with their STBs and firmware updates. All of a sudden around the beginning of February i could no longer use the web dvr features, or even order PPV's from the box itself or online. Caller ID has been enabled now also through the STB and it will not work. They are adding a ton of features all the time but they rarely work. They need to get a decent firmware out first then add more things like above.

StevoFC said,
This is a nice addition, but there is no Mac support so I can't even use it anyways.

FiOS is nice in terms of the amount of HD channels, and internet speed, but there have been so many problems with their STBs and firmware updates. All of a sudden around the beginning of February i could no longer use the web dvr features, or even order PPV's from the box itself or online. Caller ID has been enabled now also through the STB and it will not work. They are adding a ton of features all the time but they rarely work. They need to get a decent firmware out first then add more things like above.

Mac has little market so Verizon supports Windows because it has half the worlds market...

Sebianoti said,

Mac has little market so Verizon supports Windows because it has half the worlds market...

dont you mean more like 90% of the market

I think it's funny they don't support Mac OR iPhone for their remote capabilities but they do support Android? Hmmm....seems like Verizon is trying to twist the screws with Apple over the fact that Verizon still doesn't have an iPhone. I know there are rumors the iPhone is coming to VZW later this year but nothing confirmed.

Well, it is supposedly available in New York City.

I live one blok away from Times Square (45th and 8th), and not even here is it available!!

I live a few blocks north of you. No dice here either. BUT: the Ivy Tower on 43rd/8th has it.

What I'm told: FiOS availability in Manhattan seems to be a function of individual buildings. Only buildings built in the last few years are pre-wired for FiOS. Otherwise, bldg landlords must agree to let Verizon retrofit their buildings with the necessary wiring, which is fairly involved.

So we may very well have a bright, shiny Verizon fiber line running under 8th Ave, but we won't get a piece of the action until our buildings play ball.

I hate Time Warner with a fiery passion. Switching to FiOS the first millisecond I can.