Verizon is beta testing web video on its set-top boxes, according to a post this week by Dave Zatz. Initial partners include YouTube, Veoh, Blip.tv and Break.com.
According to Zatz, rather than pulling content from YouTube’s H.264 servers the way TiVo and Panasonic do, Verizon is using its Media Manager PC software. Video sites will be indexed regularly and when a user calls up a video on their DVR, Verizon’s content will transcode and stream content on the fly. Read Zatz’s full article for a complete rundown.
With so many services offering up web video, it’s increasingly difficult to call it — well, “web” video. The oldteevee is fast becoming the main newteevee.