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Verizon lays egg with go90, officially plans to close it down at the end of next month

Verizon lays egg with go90, officially plans to close it down at the end of next month
After trying its hand at offering a free, ad supported streaming video service called go90, Verizon has decided to pull the plug on the venture. After spending a reported $200 billion on content, the app is set to close on July 31st. Verizon couldn't seem to come up with any type of programming for the service that was compelling enough to rein in enough viewers. As a result, ad revenue was not high enough for Verizon to justify operating go90. The service had 17 million unique monthly viewers from all carriers at last count. But the nation's largest carrier failed to develop a sound marketing strategy for the app.

When go90 shuts down, its operations will be folded into Oath, which debuts on June 30th. That's the Verizon division that includes parts of AOL and Yahoo that Verizon continues to operate after it acquired both online companies. Perhaps the proudest moment Verizon had during go90's nearly three years in business was the Oscar won for Kobe Bryant's animated "Dear Basketball" short film.

Some of go90's original programming could live on in Oath.  While Verizon still has exclusive streaming deals with the NFL and NBA to stream games via Yahoo Sports, the carrier seeks more news, sports and entertainment content to stream over Oath related apps.

source: Bloomberg


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