mDialog, a web video 2.0 platform provider, announced at the MacWorld expo that the company would be optimizing its platform for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The upgraded version will allow filmmakers to both watch and deliver high-definition video content on the mobile devices. New features include instant messenging, an easy-to-use interface that integrates the scroll wheel of the iPod, social networking features that allow users to view channels being narrowcast or privately shared, and a Video Survey Engine that allows surveys to be attached to videos.
Last month we introduced you to MobiTV's MobiVJ service which allows you to view a variety of music video stations on your cell phone through AT&T service provision. Check out the video of the MobiVJ service in action above.
Nokia chief technology officer Tero Ojanpera said on Wednesday that Nokia phones will not only be able to playback high-definition video content, but record it as well within 2 years. Nokia's first phone with NTSC (640x480) video capture, the N95, only began shipping last year and many improvements must still be made to reach 720p (1280x720) resolution, the generally accepted baseline resolution required to be considered HD. Many of the challenges in the next two years will be directly related to improving chipset performance without significantly reducing battery life and finding ways of storing content on the phones without consuming dozens of megabytes-per-minute. Nokia's CTO fully believes that given the current state of high-def video now, that they will reach this goal in 2 years, no matter the current challenges.
VH1 is launching their third television series make exclusively for mobile devices. The Misadventures of Bob Paparazzo follows the goings-on of overweight and deviant photographer Bob as he chronically fails at capturing images of b-list celeb. The animated series, which features actually headshots on animated bodies is planned to air each Monday with a new episode.
Here's an interesting factoid for you that will make you think about the future of television. Despite the fact that digital televisions are advancing at a remarkable rate in terms of their picture quality, connectivity, and design sense even as prices are decreasing, video-enable mobile phones will outsell digital TV's by for next year. That's according to Multimedia Intelligence, a company that has estimated that 300 million video-enabled phones will ship in 2008 resulting in a whopping $76 billion in sales! It's gotta make you wonder: will the traditional home theater fade as the convenience of mobile television increases?
Those of you who would actually consider watching TV on your mobile phone might be interested in CBS's first original, animated "mobisode" debuting on November 12. I say you might be interested because the first original CBS series made exclusively for mobile viewing will be Danny Bonaduce: Life Coach.
If you know who Danny Bonaduce is (ex-child star from The Partridge Family) you know he's a more than slightly troubled adult. Addictions, arrests, and downright bizarre behavior pretty much sum up good ol' Danny. So you may find it entertaining. The animated series, featuring Danny lending his voice to a cartoon Danny will air in eight 3-5 minute episodes on the Sprint Nextel and AT&T networks and can also be found at the CBS website.
Got some time to kill? Maybe on the bus home from work or school? Try out mobiVJ, a service from mobiTV that allows you to view a variety of music stations on either your LG Trax or Motorola RAZR V3xx cell phone. The mobiVJ service, available through AT&T features stations such as The Mic, V40, Shift, Chaos, Maxx Sports, and even Fashion TV.
AT&T exec Mark Collins says mobile video isn't taking off because the economics of it do not yet work. All the big US cellular carriers are looking at how to monetize mobile video, but there is not yet an intersection between the price customers are willing to pay and the costs of bringing the content to mobile phones. Especially when alot of the content can be found elsewhere for low-cost or in alot of cases, absolutely free. Collins also stated that mobile video is the antithesis of American consumer behavior at the moment, where the bigger the HDTV, the better.
What type of content would you want to see on mobile phones and how much would you pay for it? Leave your answers in the comments.