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February 18, 2009

A jacket with an embedded television?!

france_24_tv_01.jpgIt's true! Over in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress, French news service France 24 was promoting its new iPhone application with TV jackets. Models made their ways around the conference floor with 4 x 4 x 2 inch rear-mounted TV's in their coats, powered by circuitry that could pick up local live streams and show it on the jacket display. Unfortunately this won't be hitting shelves anytime soon.

via register

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January 6, 2009

SlingPlayer Mobile For The iPhone Coming In Q1

SlingPlayerMobile_iPhone.jpgSlingPlayer Mobile should be available for the iPhone by the end of the first quarter. Already available for Blackberry, Symbian, Windows Mobile, Palm, and UIQ platforms, SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone will likely cost $29.99 when it hits Apple's application store.

SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone lets you stream video from your at-home Slingbox so you can watch TV on-the-go. You can manage your DVR from your iPhone and both add and remove favorite channels right on your phone. None of the other mobile platforms allow this. Using the iPhone's touchscreen you can move through your favorite stations by swiping the screen horizontally and move through your home channels by swiping diagonally.


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December 24, 2008

SlingPlayer Mobile Update Released For Windows Mobile Phones

htctouchpro(2).jpgJust a quick heads-up for SlingPlayer Mobile users who own Windows Mobile phones--there is an updated version available for the following handsets:

  • Sprint Treo 800w
  • Sony Ericsson X1
  • Palm Treo Pro
  • Sprint HTC Touch Diamond
  • Sprint HTC Touch Pro
  • Verizon HTC Touch Pro
  • Verizon Samsung Saga
  • Verizon Samsung Omnia
  • AT&T LG Incite
  • AT&T HTC Fuze
  • AT&T Samsung Epix
  • HP iPAQ 910
  • AT&T Pantech Duo
  • Sprint Samsung ACE
  • Verizon XV6900

Depending on your location, here's the download links:

United States

United Kingdom

Via Mobility Site

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December 18, 2008

SlingPlayer Mobile For Blackberry Coming December 30

slingplayer_mobile_for_blackberry(2).jpgI'm excited to see that SlingPlayer Mobile for Blackberry smartphones will be launching in public beta December 30. First announced way back in January, the software will be available as a free download for the following Blackberry models: Bold, Curve 8900, 8820, Curve 8320, Pearl Flip 8220 and the Pearl 8120 running on OS 4.5. There will be versions available for the United States, Canada, and the UK.

If you're not familiar with SlingPlayer Mobile, it's a software download for your mobile phone that lets you stream video content from your at-home SlingBox to your phone over a 3G connection or Wi-Fi. There are rumors that SlingPlayer Mobile for Blackberry will work on an EDGE connection as well, but I wouldn't expect a great viewing experience over a slower connection.

As a self-professed Crackberry addict, I'll definitely be trying this out come the end of December.

Via Slashgear

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June 10, 2008

What Impact Will The 3G iPhone Have On The Mobile TV Industry?

iPhone.jpgAs you probably know by now, Steve Jobs unveiled the 3G iPhone at the Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco yesterday. The new phone has some pretty awesome specs, and with its built-in GPS should spawn some hot location-based applications. But what affect will the new phone have on the mobile TV industry?

According to Analysys Mason, the new iPhone "could become the mobile video delivery device of choice for many consumers, by providing a compelling mobile TV and video proposition before mobile broadcasting networks, such as DVB-H become widely available". And although 3G video streaming has some drawbacks, it has enough going for it to push the mobile TV market forward with the help of the video-friendly 2nd-generation iPhone.

Not only does the iPhone has a large, high-quality display, but it has a suitable amount of internal memory and a bunch of energy saving features that drastically reduce the battery drain typical of mobile TV playback. Apple is also plowing content optimized for the iPhone into its iTunes platform like crazy-as of May, iTunes had a catalog of over 600 TV programs and 1500 full-length movies. Plus the iPhone supports a bunch of different methods of video content delivery including sideloading, indoor WLAN and of course high-speed 3G data access over cellular networks worldwide. One of the drawbacks of 3G video streaming is that it can only support a minimal amount of mobile TV users, but with sideloading and WLAN support, the strain put on 3G networks is greatly reduced.

With the first generation iPhone, Apple put a strangehold on its worldwide availability, but the new 3G iPhone will be available in 22 countries July 11, another 24 countries by the end of the summer and eventually available in 70 countries. Says Dr. Alastair Brydon of Analysys Mason, "If the iPhone is able to achieve significant worldwide market share, it will be well-positioned to have a significant impact on the way mobile subscribers purchase and watch mobile TV and video content".

Via LBSZone

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May 26, 2008

Mobile TV: Femtocells, Sideloading Could Threaten 3G And Dedicated Broadcasting Networks

A recent study by Analysys Mason concludes that unless 3G networks and dedicating mobile broadcasting networks embrace femtocell and sideloading delivery methods, the initial two mobile TV technologies could be in jeopardy. 3G networks deliver mobile broadcasts and video-on-demand over individual 3G connections, but is only really cost efficient when the number of users is relatively small. Broadcasting networks such as MediaFLO and DVB-H don't have the capacity problems of 3G networks but as of yet no standard broadcast format has gone global nor has a common bandwidth spectrum been allocated. Plus broadcast networks completely control what mobile TV viewers are able to watch.
ARIN1_104_Figure1.jpgWhile developers continue to work on these two technologies, the study pointed out that trials of the DVB-H broadcast standard have revealed that 36%-50% of mobile TV viewers actually watch at home even though their traditional TV is sitting right there. Indoor networks utilizing femtocells or WLAN networks could be a more effective method of streaming mobile video indoors taking the stress off of 3G networks and potentially streaming higher-quality video. Another effective indoor method is known as sideloading which is simply uploading video content that is possibly pre-recorded and not-time-critical onto your mobile phone for viewing at a later time. An example would be downloading a TV show from iTunes and then uploading it onto your iPhone. iTunes video is encoded at 1Mbit/sec whereas 3G video is encoded at 128Kbit/sec resulted in a huge improvement in video quality from sideloading the iTunes content.

Here are some interesting tidbits from the report:

Key findings of the new report include:

  • Trials of DVB-H services have shown significant indoor usage of mobile TV services, with 36-50% of participants using these services mainly at home. Indoor systems such as femtocells could successfully carry this traffic, potentially with higher quality than is achievable with outdoor 3G and broadcasting networks.
  • Sideloading can be a highly effective way of delivering content that is not time critical, such as pre-recorded TV programmes (for example soap operas, dramas, situation comedies and documentaries) and movies. Compared to other mobile TV distribution methods, sideloading can provide guaranteed reliability in any location, with very high quality. For example, video content available on iTunes for Apple iPods and iPhones is encoded at a data rate of over 1Mbit/s, compared with 128kbit/s for some 3G services.
  • MNOs that are unable to deploy broadcasting networks could potentially deliver a compelling proposition without filling up the capacity of their 3G networks. If 75% of mobile TV content was delivered using sideloading and 60% of streamed content was consumed indoors, then 3G networks would need to carry just 10% of total mobile TV traffic.

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May 25, 2008

Mobile Phones Going HD As Early As 2009

thumb_230_5A.jpgAccording to Broadcom Corporation you could be watching high-definition television on your mobile phone as early as 2009. Broadcom, Nvidia, and Texas Instruments all have HD processor ready to go that can encode and decode 1280x720 pixel content at 30 frames per second. Renesas Technology Corporation in Japan is going all out, currently developing a processor that'll support full HD 1920x1080 content on your cell phone. Several problems remain to be solved though. Processing HDTV for a cell phone takes up a huge amount of power sucking the life right out of the phone's battery, plus HD picture quality is likely not even noticeable on a screen size typical of a mobile phone. Manufacturers say the way around this is to allow connectivity between mobile phones and HDTV's, leaving the processing up to the TV set and providing a screen size more suitable for HD content. That means the mobile phone is relegated to nothing more than a streaming device. The challenge here is that the current HDMI 1.3 standard will have to be about half the size to properly connect a mobile phone to an HDTV. Look for a solution to this problem next year, but as cool as mobile phone HDTV sounds we doubt it'll catch on anytime soon.

Via Tech-On

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May 17, 2008

MediaFlo Mobile TV Headed For The UK?

MobileTv_MTV3_CMYK.jpgAT&T successfully launched its mobile TV service using Qualcomm's MediaFlo technology at the beginning of May and it looks like with one launch under its belt, MediaFlo is now headed for the UK. Qualcomm just acquired a chunk of the UK's L-Band spectrum, a part that can be for, among other things, mobile TV. Although the company has declined to say exactly what it will do with spectrum, they did test out MediaFlo with service provider BSkyB last year touting it a success. And now the president of Qualcomm Europe, Andrew Gilbert also bears the title of president of Qualcomm Internet Services, MediaFLO Technologies. I'd say that would be a pretty clear indication of the companies intentions. The only barrier in Qualcomm's way is the European Union's recent adoption of the Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld (DVB-H) standard which they hope will eventually be a cross-continent mobile TV broadcasting standard. However, not everyone looks eager to jump on the DVB-H standard, leaving the door open for MediaFlo to make its move.

Via MocoNews

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May 15, 2008

LG, Samsung Team Up To Create Yet Another North American Mobile TV Standard

mobiletvk.jpgLG and Samsung are teaming up to develop a mobile TV technology they hope will become the North American standard. The two have signed a contract and developed a proposal they will submit to the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), the digital television standards board for the United States and Canada. The proposed mobile TV standard will combine LG's Mobile Pedestrian Handheld (MPH) technology with Samsung's A-VSB, or advanced-vestigial sideband, creating a broadcasting standard that will benefit both broadcaster's and consumer's alike. The standard should be fully developed and ready for testing this summer.

Via TradingMarkets

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May 8, 2008

MobiTV: NBA Playoffs Live On ESPN Mobile TV

espn_logo22.jpgOut and about and worried about missing the NBA semifinals? No worries, because MobiTV's mobile television platform will have all the games live on its ESPN channel. Starting tonight at 7PM EST Cleveland's playing Boston followed by San Antonio and New Orleans at 9:30. Friday, May 9, also known as tomorrow, LA plays Utah at 9PM EST and on Saturday at 5PM, you can check out Detroit gearing up to battle Orlando. And if you're not a basketball fan, MobiTV says that's okay, because all month long ESPN Mobile TV will have plenty of sports action from MLS soccer to boxing to arena football.

via MobiTV

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