YouTube’s phone-based version will require a $15-a-month subscription to a Verizon Wireless service called VCast.
And instead of choosing what to watch from a vast library of clips, VCast users will be limited to an unspecified number of videos selected and approved by the companies.
Verizon would have the exclusive rights to distribute YouTube videos on mobile phones “for a limited period of time.”
YouTube said its editors would select short videos from its library for the Verizon Wireless service. Verizon Wireless said it would vet the videos to make sure they met the company’s editorial and taste guidelines.
“We’ll select content that has the broadest appeal and the highest entertainment value,” Ms. Liang said.
This deal violates the entire ethos of YouTube, not free, not open, exclusive, no community, limited, censorship, etc, etc.
Why tarnish the YouTube brand with a deal like this?
I know that you can't put the entire YouTube service on a mobile phone (yet, flash lite enabled mobile browsers should fix that).
But this just is sooo lame.