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Verizon's Android Phones Add Video Services

6/07/2010 04:16:27 PM Eastern

Basking Ridge, N.J. -
Android-based smartphones from Verizon Wireless will now be able to access the
carrier's V CAST Video
service for the first time, thanks to a downloadable V CAST app.

  The
service became available for $10/month on top of the phones' monthly
$29.99/month data plan.

 
V CAST Video uses 3G channels to stream 230 full-length programs from
more than 40 content providers, including AETN, A&E, Lifetime, History
Channel, Spanish-language content from V-me, and TV shows from NBC, Fox, CBS,
and MTV. Hundreds of live sporting events
are also available throughout the year, including college football, college
basketball and NHL Hockey, the carrier said.

 
In another video development, the carrier said it is adding new features
to its downloadable NFL
Mobile application
for four of five Android phones, six BlackBerry phones,
three LG multimedia phones and a Samsung multimedia phone.

  The app delivers
live NFL Network programs, video on demand, and news, blogs and commentary, and
in September, the app will deliver live streaming of NBC's Sunday Night
Football and NFL Network's Thursday Night Football.

NFL Network streams live programming seven days a week, 24
hours a day on a year-round basis. NFL RedZone will be added in the coming
months to air the NFL Network's live or near-live looks at key plays and
touchdowns from Sunday afternoon games, Verizon said.

 Access to the NFL
content, available for the first time in April, is included as part of a user's
smartphone data plan.