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Hands-On with the Verizon Video app for Android

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Hands-On with the Verizon Video app for Android
Last week Verizon Wireless introduced their new Verizon Video app for their Android smartphones, which replaces the older VCast Video app. It is currently free to download and try out, but after the free trial it will cost you $10 per month or $3 for 24 hour usage.

We've been testing the Verizon Video app over the past few days on our HTC ThunderBolt in a 4G area, though it will work on 3G as well. The app takes about 4 seconds to load and has a nice layout to it. The main screen will show videos in three categories - Featured, Trending, and Newest. If you press on the phone's Menu key, it will pop-up with a menu bar at the bottom where you can click on the Categories. From here, you can view all the Channels (over 100), or list all the TV Shows alphabetically, as well as listings by Genre. There is also a Search icon on the top that allows you to search for a show or video. When you find a particular video you are interested in, you can long-press on it and add it to your Queue for watching later.

When loading a video, it takes about 5-7 seconds to buffer on our 4G connection, and will then begin playing. The video quality is pretty good, we'd guess it to be WVGA resolution (800x480), and playback is smooth at about 30fps. We didn't experience any pauses or hiccups during playback, which is always a good sign. You can also use the navigation bar at the bottom of the video to rewind, fast-forward, or jump to any part of the video without any noticeable lag. There is also a Facebook icon on the top-right corner of the videos, so that you can share their link on your Facebook profile page.

Now here's the downside - you can only use the Verizon Video app while the phone is connected to Verizon's 4G or 3G data network, which means it can not be used over a Wi-Fi connection. Because of this, it will consume your data plan. We did some tests and while using the My Verizon widget, we noticed that 30 minutes of video playback would use about 120MB of data, or 60 minutes would use close to 250MB. If you are lucky enough to be on Verizon's older Unlimited data plan, then you have nothing to worry about. But if you are on one of their new "tiered" plans, such as the 2GB data plan; using the Verizon Video app for watching 4 hours of videos in a month would use about 1GB of your plan's data. Ouch! Because of this, we'd highly recommend using the My Verizon desktop widget to keep a track of your data usage so you don't go over.

Overall, we're fairly pleased with the functionality and usability of the Verizon Video app, and at $10 per month it's not a bad price. But it would be nice if you could use it over Wi-Fi so it wouldn't use your data plan, or maybe pay $15-$20 a month for it and have unlimited data for the videos.

Be sure to check out our Hands-On Video below!

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posted on 31 Aug 2011, 15:35

1. lemenade (Posts: 31; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


this is what all carrier video apps should be (i wish this was one sprint

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 15:55 1

2. Brock Samson (unregistered)


Should be what? Pointless?

You can already use the regular internet to watch a much wider variety of content and you can do it over wifi when available to conserve your data usage. Even if the app is more convenient, why would we want to pay $10 a month for the privilege of having only a few hours of use or having to pay even more for a higher tier data plan?

This should be FREE for anyone with a tiered data plan because it would promote people to upgrade to a higher tier or pay lots of overage fees.

This only makes sense if you have an unlimited plan.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 18:15 1

5. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


yeah, it's pretty pointless, i mean look at how unsuccessful Netflix and Hulu Plus is.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 12:05

9. hormiga (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


I just loled.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 16:30 1

3. 1eye4u (Posts: 33; Member since: 17 Nov 2009)


video on data only NO wifi??? Fail !

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 18:16

6. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


not a problem to me with my unlimited data. LTE service is faster than a lot of cheaper internet plans anyway.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 16:49 1

4. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Hmm, I can all ready do what this app does and more...for free...on my CAPTIVATE....P.T. Barnum once said that a sucker is born every......

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