Verizon announced Thursday that it is launching a new platform in partnership with Netflix, Peloton, Disney Plus and other streamers as a hub for customers to “discover, purchase and manage some of their favorite subscriptions.” Called Plus Play, the platform will launch with a select group of customers and brands at the end of the month, with a wider launch later this year, the company said in a press release.
Plus Play will centralize streaming subscription services at no additional cost to Verizon subscribers. Plus Play will allow Verizon customers to manage subscriptions across devices and provide information on content service offers, such as its discount for access to the Disney Plus / Hulu / ESPN Plus bundle and other offers promotional. However, with Verizon and other service providers, you’ll want to keep an eye out for the fine print. Sometimes signing up for a discount automatically enables users for data collection, like its Custom Experience Plus program that tracks location data, who you call, and what websites you visit.
The company said in the press release that as more streaming platforms dive into various content areas — like games, music, and news — it becomes difficult for customers to know. what they have, what may be available to them and whether they are getting the most out of their subscriptions.
Also at its Thursday Investor Day event, Verizon announced a partnership with Facebook parent company Meta that will explore how businesses can collaborate in a future metaverse. The partnership will examine ways to use Verizon’s 5G network with Meta’s technologies “to understand the fundamental requirements of metaverse applications.”
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made the creation of the Metaverse a key initiative for the company formerly known as Facebook.