Verizon pulls the plug on mobile video app Go90 | Tech News
Verizon’s Go90 is going away.
The wireless carrier said Thursday that it’ll shut down the ads-supported mobile video app on July 31. Launched three years ago, Go90 offered anybody, regardless of wireless carrier, a mix of traditional TV; live programming like NFL and college football games; and shorter clips commonly associated with sites like YouTube.
But Go90 has been taking a backseat to Oath since Verizon created the digital-media unit after completing its Yahoo takeover by mashing together Yahoo and AOL. Oath had been focused on mobile media since it was created.
“Following the creation of Oath, Go90 will be discontinued,” a Verizon spokesperson said in a statement. “Verizon will focus on building its digital-first brands at scale in sports, finance, news and entertainment for today’s mobile consumers and tomorrow’s 5G applications.”
Oath CEO Tim Armstrongin February that Go90 could soon be dismantled, with the shows and programs on the app being redistributed inside Oath’s different distribution outlets.
Go90 marked the first time Verizon offered a service to everyone, including customers of rival carriers. And unlike other companies diving into Internet-delivered video, Verizon made Go90 available only on mobile devices.
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