Mobile video is awesome, right? It's great to be able to watch Netflix, YouTube and everything else all from the comfort of your mobile phone. You know what would be even better though? An app that just puts all of those aforementioned services in one place but restricts it to a single carrier. Thankfully, Verizon has made that very app.
Verizon has partnered with TV.com to launch Viewdini. It's an app that promises to give you the best video content on the mobile Web. It's just that all the video comes from somebody else whether it be Netflix or Hulu. The best part is that it's only available to Verizon subscribers.
In all reality, Viewdini just a glorified video search function. It offers no video hosting itself. It only serves to point users in the direction of where they can get access to said video. The only thing it has really going for it is that it is powered by TV.com. In essence, you're getting an advertisement for video streaming services alongside information that can easily be found on Wikipedia.
To be fair, there is value in consolidation. It's nice to be able to search for videos and find which streaming services have that video all from one place. The integration with TV.com also gives you direct access into the information for that particular TV show right from the app.
The usefulness of Viewdini is going to be up to the individual user. Do Android users need help finding where they can access all their favorite video content? Does it need to remind you how awesome (and expensive) Verizon's 4G network is?
Still, it's a nice gesture to Verizon subscribers. I'm unfortunately on AT&T so I'm stuck having to separately navigate to all the different video apps. It's such a pain. If only my provider provided an app that helped make an already lazy task even lazier.
If you feel compelled to download and use Viewdini, it's available for download on Google Play right now. For kicks, I tried to download Viewdini onto my HTC Inspire 4G. They're not kidding about that "Only for Verizon subscribers" nonsense. I feel like Google Play and Verizon are now silently mocking me for being on AT&T.