| A new report from Juniper Research finds that the number of streamed mobile TV users on smartphones will increase to 240 million by 2014. This increase will be driven by a rise in smartphone penetration and a growth in the usage of internet TV and IPTV services.|
TV Anytime, Anywhere
The report found that the substantial growth in streamed mobile TV users would arise from a combination of both increased smartphone penetration and, critically, an increasing usage of live and on-demand services both on TVs and PCs. These catch-up and live internet TV services are already allowing users to become their own programme schedulers – mobile allows consumers to take this content away from the home by ‘placeshifting’ it and adding a new dimension to the TV experience.
Access to Time-Critical Content
Another driver for this growth is the need for consumers to be able to access time-critical content such as sports and news as they occur. These types of content are constantly changing and mobile TV allows consumers to become aware of events as they happen – particularly important for sports fans who typically wish to watch games live.
|Americans’ love affair with television will not be thwarted, but it does change, especially as our busy schedules make watching favorite shows at home nearly impossible at times.|
Decades ago, VCRs brought a movie-rental revolution and now on-demand and DVRs don’t even require a trip to the store, granting viewers more TV-watching freedom. Today, with millions of hours of online content, and people constantly on the go, our love affair with TV adapts in order to endure.
Television is becoming a nimble and accommodating partner. It doesn’t have to be watched on a TV set anymore - instead it now waits until called, in the comfort of a consumer’s pocket.
T-Mobile has been seeing a consistent increase in subscribers to its free and paid T-Mobile TV services with the average user watching about 100 minutes per month. T-Mobile is keeping a keen eye on these trends, tailoring its offerings to match our customer’s needs and interests.
Today, in fact, T-Mobile announces two new subscription content packages: Playground TV and the Urban Zone. In addition, we have a new widget for info about the latest shows, breaking news and tips & tricks.
Kids’ programming is an important element for consumers. It represents 26% of viewership on T-Mobile TV, making it more popular than news and sports combined.
|MetroPCS Communications, Inc. and the Mobile Content Venture (MCV) today announced that they are partnering to enable MetroPCS customers to watch live, local broadcast television on their mobile phones later this year. MetroPCS will be the first wireless service provider to offer Dyle Mobile TV to consumers on devices that are pre-loaded with the Dyle application, enabling customers to watch live TV right out of the box. Think about it , satellite TV deals will no longer be needed! Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) will provide the first smartphone with Dyle, a premium Android device, using ATSC-Mobile technology.|
"We're excited to be the first mobile service provider to deliver a unique entertainment offering like Dyle, but more important than being first is our belief that this service will meet the needs of our customers and deliver an exceptional mobile experience," said Tom Keys, president and chief operating officer of MetroPCS. "We know that our customers have a desire to take entertainment with them wherever they go and understand that they want premium services at an incredible value, which we will continue offering by supplying services like Dyle."
| FilmOn Labs, a Division of FilmOn.com PLC, the World's first Internet based HD Virtual Cable TV Service, today announced that starting in February 2012, the Company will be shipping the FilmOn AIR for free, to all its Yearly US based Subscribers, so they can watch local Network Television on their Computers and Mobile Devices.|
“In 2010 FilmOn ended up in an ongoing legal battle with all four of the Major Networks CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX, over FilmOn’s right to carry their signals over the Internet. The case is ongoing and FilmOn expects to settle the dispute this year,” said Alki David, CEO and Founder of FilmOn.
|MarketResearch.com has announced the addition of the new report "Global Mobile TV Forecast to 2013," to their collection of Digital TV/HDTV market reports.|
The global mobile TV market has been witnessing a significant growth over the years, on the back of its ability to stream the content from the television on the move. Today, a large number of players are deploying these services in order to cater to the needs of an increasing number of mobile application users. With the current status of development, the report predicts an increase in the number of mobile TV rollouts across the globe. The rising competition will lead to the decline in the subscription fees, resulting in an increased target audience.
| ROK Global PLC, the mobile applications and web technologies company, has today announced ROK TV, its streamed Mobile TV service available to UK residents on BlackBerry App World, has now been downloaded by more than 100,000 people in the UK.|
Commenting, Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman and CEO of ROK said “To have exceeded 100,000 downloads of ROK TV in the UK in such a short period of time is a great achievement and proves our case that Mobile TV containing quality TV channels, streamed live over mass-market 2.5G as well as 3G and Wi-Fi, is a compelling service for Content Owners and Mobile Operators to offer their customers on a subscription basis.”
CNN and HLN's complete 24-hour television networks will be streamed live on CNN.com, the CNN App for iPad and the CNN App for iPhone and iPod touch beginning today, July 18. CNN Worldwide is the first news organization to stream its linear television channels online and on mobile devices to consumers who subscribe to a multi-channel video service. Simultaneous to this launch, CNN.com has debuted its new video experience, which seamlessly integrates live network TV into a larger and higher-quality video player, capable of delivering HD quality.
CNN and HLN online and mobile streaming is currently available to approximately 50 million households with subscribers to participating pay TV providers, including: AT&T, Comcast, Cox, DISH Network, Suddenlink and Verizon.
| Nokia Siemens Networks is launching a new software client for ‘any device with a screen’ that allows people to watch TV via any network. The Multiscreen TV client integrates “Over the Top” (Internet) TV and broadcast TV with the web and social network access. It provides a user interface for services delivered via Nokia Siemens Networks Ubiquity Multiscreen TV Platform, irrespective of location or device. The client is built on Nokia’s open source Qt cross platform application and user interface framework.|
“The elegance of this approach is its simplicity. Video content from separate sources can be brought together and offered alongside web apps and other online services and delivered to any device, at any location, using a common, adaptable client interface,” said Brook Longdon, head of Media and Entertainment Solutions, Nokia Siemens Networks. “Our Ubiquity Multiscreen TV Platform marries traditional broadcast TV with web content to provide an easy-to-use service people will love.”
AT&T today announced the July 25 availability of Sharp FX, the first quick messaging phone from Sharp on the AT&T network and the latest AT&T Mobile TV-capable device. The Sharp FX is being brought to market by Personal Communications Devices, LLC.
The Sharp FX has a full touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard for quick access to messaging, IM, email and social networking. The device also features an MP3 player, 2.0 megapixel digital camera with camcorder and Bluetooth 2.1.
Other available features include:
- AT&T Address Book, which syncs contacts to an online address book so customers can access and manage their mobile contacts from their handset — or their PC. Synchronization occurs automatically when any change is made, so contact information is always backed up.
|Hulu, the Online video site, has launched a new paid subscription service, called Hulu Plus, to watch TV shows and movies on computers, TV and mobile devices, including the Apple iPhone and iPad. Hulu customers will have access to current and past episodes for $10 a month.|
Hulu Plus will initially be available to a limited number of invited subscribers, who can access current and past seasons of popular shows from broadcasters ABC, Fox and NBC, who own the service.
The paid service will also be made available on consumers' mobile devices, such as Apple's iPhone and iPad, home televisions through Blu-ray players and video game consoles like Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 systems.
|Verizon Wireless said today that V CAST Video is now available on the company’s family of Android smartphones.|
Univision Interactive Media will provide live streams of all 64 of its Spanish-language broadcasts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer matches from South Africa exclusively to V CAST Video customers’ mobile devices. The soccer tournament is just one of hundreds of live sporting events – including college football, college basketball and NHL Hockey – available on V CAST Video throughout the year.
| Telegent Systems, the company that makes television mobile, today released research findings that point to significant potential for free-to-air mobile TV. 58 percent of the British online research sample identified at least one environment, such as while on a train/ bus/ tube, queuing, or in the home or at work/ their desk, in which they would be likely to use a free-to-air mobile TV service. The potential magnifies among the younger demographic groups - 80 percent of 18-24 year olds and 76 percent of 25-34 year olds.|
"The availability of mobile TV in the European market contrasts sharply with 'developing' markets such as Africa, Asia and Latin America where it is proving extremely popular," said Samuel Sheng, president and CEO of Telegent. "To date European operators and consumers have been understandably held back by regulatory and standards confusion, unproven technologies and the costs associated with building and operating mobile specific TV platforms. All of these issues can be avoided by using the existing broadcast TV infrastructure and building the receiver technology into the handset."
|Diva, a video-on-demand (VoD) enabler, launched Diva Mobile, which, for the first time, opens the VoD market to mobile devices with complete interoperability. Part of the company’s Diva Pro suite of services, Diva Mobile’s new features allow carriers, retailers, content producers and distributors to deliver on-demand content to consumers’ mobile phones, regardless of the device type or carrier. The solution alleviates the need for the costly and time-consuming conversion of content for each device as it operates agnostically across various form factors.|
Diva is already supplying content to global entertainment platforms including iTunes, Hulu, Netflix and other major VoD retailers and connected device platforms, now Diva is enabling VoD for every multimedia-enabled mobile phone.
|FLO TV Incorporated recently announced at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas (Booth #SU1424) that it is working to enhance its mobile TV service with new applications that integrate video with Web-based content and social media tools. The expanded capabilities are in response to the ways in which consumers today are simultaneously viewing and interacting with content.|
In addition to integrated experiences, FLO TV announced an expanded suite of mobile TV services, including interactive capabilities, pay-per-day and event passes, and time-shifted viewing options. The new features will be available on the FLO TV™ service across a range of mobile devices in the second half of 2010. New service applications will include:
|Harris Corporation today unveiled its latest technological innovation developed with LG Electronics — mobile digital television delivered in "Scalable Full-Channel Mobile Mode." The demonstration features functioning hardware for both transmission and reception of mobile DTV signals using enhanced technology.|
The new system enables as many as 16 different video programs to be sent in the same 6 MHz bandwidth utilized by a TV broadcaster. It has been proposed for standardization to the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and is being unveiled this week at the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention.
|Hundreds of TV viewers in the Washington, D.C. area are just a few days away from their first taste of a new broadcast technology that enables viewing of favorite TV programs while “on the go” and promises to keep people connected to breaking news and emergency alerts in their communities. For the first time, viewers will be able to watch local digital TV broadcasts on a variety of mobile devices, including specially-equipped cell phones, netbooks, portable media players, and a unique adapter that can send Mobile DTV to laptops, iPhones, and iPads. The Open Mobile Video Coalition’s Mobile DTV Consumer Showcase will begin on Monday, May 3 and continue throughout the summer in the Nation’s Capital.|
Compared to video delivered over wireless Internet platforms, Mobile DTV delivers always-on video at the highest quality and the lowest cost and is never affected by network congestion. TV broadcasting is the ultimate “one-to-many” service, delivering real-time information to an unlimited number of viewers.
Soon you will be able to watch streaming video on your handset if it supports Flash 10.1. Unfortunately, Flash 10.1 isn't released as yet. Above is a video showing live stream on the Nexus One using Flash 10.1.
|MobiTV, Inc. is broadening support to its managed technology platform carriers and operator customers with a robust and secure Digital Rights Management (DRM) solution that enables users to store content on their mobile device and watch it offline wherever they want.|
MobiTV, Inc.'s DRM solution will allow for a number of business models including subscriptions, rental, content metering, and sharing of content across multiple devices and platforms. By having the same DRM solution on all platforms, MobiTV, Inc.'s technology allows easy authentication with minimal involvement by the end user.
"It was imperative for us, as multi-screen distribution becomes core to our business, to create a solution that allows for consumption of content on multiple screens and platforms, whether someone is on a plane or sitting in front of their home television," said Cedric Fernandes, VP Technology, MobiTV, Inc. "This solution provides the ability to track and supply content rights for the end user as well as the device, creating new business models around the multi-channel screen viewing concept."
|Dolce & Gabbana will broadcast the Fall/Winter 2010/11 Women's Fashion Show live on iPhones and Android Mobile devices (Google), which are the two most popular smartphones worldwide (82% of the market share of the total browsing market in the USA and 70% in Europe).|
The dates are:
Always a pioneer in the technological experimentations of the digital communications market, in 2005, Dolce & Gabbana was the first among fashion brands to broadcast the fashion shows live on its official website www.dolcegabbana.com. This season the fashion shows will be available again on: live.dolcegabbana.com as well as on the brand's official Facebook page - www.facebook.com/DolceGabbana.
- D&G > Thursday, 25th of February from 3pm (GMT +1);
- Dolce&Gabbana > Sunday, 28th of February from 1pm (GMT +1).
| Qualcomm Incorporated today announced FLO-EV, the next evolution of the FLO air interface for new deployments of mobile TV and other advanced broadcast mobile media services. Intended primarily for international markets, FLO-EV builds on the success of FLO technology to enable a rich suite of mobile content and services with greater channel capacity and significant performance improvements. FLO-EV is designed to help wireless operators lower the deployment costs for delivering multimedia content to mobile devices.|
Analysts have predicted the global market for mobile media services will surpass $90 billion by 2018. Adoption of mobile media is being driven through a combination of increasing consumer awareness and industry investment. Wireless operators, broadcasters and content providers are all seeking to implement the best technologies to drive new mobile media business models.