Verizon Caught Throttling Netflix and YouTube, says it was “Video Optimization”

“Verizon Wireless customers this week noticed that Netflix’s speed test tool appears to be capped at 10Mbps, raising fears that the carrier is throttling video streaming on its mobile network,” Jon Brodkin reports for Ars Technica. “When contacted by Ars this morning, Verizon acknowledged using a new video optimization system but said it is part of a temporary test and that it did not affect the actual quality of video. The video optimization appears to apply both to unlimited and limited mobile plans.” “But some YouTube users are reporting degraded video, saying that using a VPN service can bypass the Click Here to Read more

Youtube.com announces “YouTube TV”

Announced back in February, YouTube has announced the availability of its new service called YouTube TV. It features access to ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CW, Disney, ESPN, FX, USA, and dozens of other major cable channels, alongside standard YouTube video content. Premium channels like Showtime are available for an additional fee. Unlike other TV services such as DirecTV Now, it is launching in a limited number of cities such as: San Francisco Bay Area Los Angeles New York City Philadelphia Chicago. With more cities scheduled to come online later this year.

Google announces new YouTube TV Service for $35.00/Month

YouTube used to be the place you could watch almost anything you wanted, for free. Now YouTube wants to be the place that sells you TV. Google’s video site is taking the wraps off YouTube TV, its new $35-a-month TV service that will package a bundle of channels from the broadcast networks and some cable networks. YouTube says the service, which will sit in a new, standalone app, will launch later this spring. It’s separate from YouTube Red, the ad-free subscription service the company launched last year, which hasn’t had much success. YouTube TV is supposed to be “mobile first” Click Here to Read more