Verizon Wireless to shut down video service in mid-December

Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, announced plans to shut down the Verizon Video service on Dec. 15 and steered customers toward its newer Viewdini product.

“This will allow us to focus on bringing you the best video experience in wireless,” the carrier said on its website.

Verizon introduced Viewdini in May, letting users search for movies, television shows and other videos to watch on their mobile devices. It works with Verizon’s long-term evolution network and can search thousands of titles from video services such as Netflix Inc. and Hulu Plus.

The Viewdini service is free, though users may have to pay for the videos they’ve searched for.