The rumor mill has been on a winning streak as of late and is apparently showing no signs of deviating. Reports last month suggesting Verizon was in advanced discussions to acquire video streaming provider Vessel were dead on as the nation’s leading wireless provider has indeed sealed the deal.
In a post announcing the acquisition, Vessel co-founder and CEO Jason Kilar said the company’s underlying technology will be married with Verizon’s ambitions in online video. As a result, the current Vessel service will be shut down on October 31.
Those with an annual Vessel subscription will be refunded back to the beginning of the month with all subscribers receiving complementary access through the end of October.
Kilar will be focused on ensuring a smooth transition over the coming months but will ultimately not join Verizon. Fellow co-founder and CTO Richard Tom and most of the company’s employees will be joining Verizon’s Go90 mobile video service according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Vessel launched in 2015 as a subscription service to provide early access to content from some of the Internet’s most popular figures. The company reportedly courted YouTube’s top talent but was unable to convince many of them to jump ship.
The acquisition of Vessel is yet another sign that Verizon is going all-in on video. If you recall, the telecom purchased AOL for $4.4 billion in mid-2015 and launched its Go90 mobile streaming service last October. It’s also in the middle of securing Internet pioneer Yahoo for $4.8 billion.
Terms of the deal with Vessel were not disclosed.