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    Hi all,

    We should expect a webOS App for FREE TV soon! I expect it will be available soon for all platforms.

    Take care, Jay

    May 30, 2010
    Mobile TV's Last Frontier: U.S. and Europe
    By KEVIN J. O'BRIEN

    Mobile TV's Last Frontier - U.S. and Europe - NYTimes.com

    BERLIN — When South Korea plays Greece on June 12 in its World Cup soccer opener in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, life will not necessarily grind to a halt back in Seoul.

    Many fans will instead follow a live broadcast of the match on their mobile phones. In South Korea, free-to-air mobile TV is a five-year-old fact of life. According to the country’s broadcasters, 27 million people — 56 percent of the population — watch regularly.

    While South Koreans are the world leaders in mobile TV viewing, the technology is also catching on in China, southeast Asia, India, Africa and Latin America, where 80 million people now have cellphones that can receive free, live TV broadcasts.

    “There have been a lot of hype cycles with mobile TV technology,” said Anna Maxbauer, an analyst at IMS Research in Austin, Texas. “But with recent advances in battery life, and consumer acceptance, there is real potential for widespread viewing.”

    At least 40 million people are watching live TV this year on mobile phones, Ms. Maxbauer said. Most live in emerging markets where operators, which prefer to sell TV programming for a fee through their wireless networks, do not control the sale of handsets.

    Free, on-the-go viewing is common just about everywhere except the United States and Europe, where operator resistance and a maze of conflicting technical standards and program licensing hurdles have kept the technology out of the global mainstream.

    But that may be about to change, according to one handset maker.


    “This technology has huge potential,” said Hankil Yoon, the vice president of product strategy at Samsung, the South Korean electronics maker and U.S. cellphone market leader. “Our experience shows that people like watching TV on mobile phones, even on smaller screens. And they like watching it for free. It is only a matter of time before this goes global.”

    In the complex world of wireless communication, free-to-air mobile TV technology is relatively simple. With a tiny receiver chip and telescoping antenna, a mobile phone can receive free digital or analog programming like any other television.

    In South Korea, 25 million people watch free digital terrestrial broadcasts on mobile handsets and two million pay to subscribe to satellite programming, according to Korean broadcasters. The typical screen made by Samsung is a three-inch, or 7.6-centimeter, diagonal. Batteries support three to six hours of viewing. In Korea, free mobile TV broadcasts are interspersed with ads.

    “In the markets where people use this, we have found that viewing tends to be pretty high,” said Diana Jovin, a vice president for corporate marketing and business development at Telegent Systems, the leading mobile TV chip maker, which is based in Sunnyvale, California.

    Telegent is shipping about 750,000 chips each month to handset makers, most designed for viewing analog broadcasts in markets like Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Russia, Nigeria, Thailand, Egypt and China. Brazil is one of Telegent’s biggest markets.

    In Rio de Janiero, Marcelo Mendonça Guimarães, a 42-year-old taxi driver, said he watched local and national TV news on his mobile handset through his operator, Claro.

    “My analog TV phone gives me the opportunity to watch television news while I’m waiting for a fare, or when I am on a break,” Mr. Guimarães said. “I actually have a digital TV in my cab, but I prefer to use the phone. The reception is much better.”

    Following a favorite team or soap opera on a cellphone may take longer to reach Western markets, where broadcasters and wireless operators have been slow to embrace the technology. In the United States and Europe, where operators tend to control what technology goes into handsets, a major hurdle to free-to-air broadcasting is, ironically, that it is free.

    That offers no incentive to operators focused on raising revenue per customer.

    “Ask anybody if they want to watch free TV on their phone. Everybody is going to want to say sure,” said Jim Oehlerking, the senior director for mobile TV business development at Motorola. “The challenge is getting the mobile media marketplace to the point where content owners, carriers and broadcasters work out a business model.”

    But with the level of data traffic surging on wireless networks around the world, some operators are beginning to look to free-to-air mobile TV — which operates independently and adds no additional traffic burden on an operator’s network — as a way to retain customers.

    In April, 12 broadcasters and television content owners in the United States, including Fox, NBC, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst and Cox Media, formed a joint venture to pool their broadcasting spectrum and eventually deliver mobile TV to 150 million people.

    “We are excited about building a platform that makes mobile television universally available and economically viable,” Jack Abernethy, the chief executive of Fox Television Stations, said at the time of the announcement. “This venture is the first step in forging cross-industry and company partnerships to deliver content to consumers.”

    The U.S. effort is in its initial stages, and no deadlines have been set for adoption.

    Samsung, which includes mobile TV chips as standard technology in its high-end smartphones in South Korea, is making a handset for Sprint that works on the U.S. mobile broadcast standard, ATSC-M/H. Samsung also makes a DVB-H phone for Europe, two that work on Latin America’s ISDB-T standard and an analog handset for Southeast Asia.

    On May 24, Sprint and nine broadcasters in the Washington-Baltimore area began a four-month trial that will broadcast programming to mobile phones, netbook computers and portable DVD players made by Samsung, LG Electronics and Dell.

    Dave Lougee, the president of Gannett Broadcasting, said the organizers of the trial, a group of 900 U.S. television stations called the Open Mobile Video Coalition, were hopeful consumers would take to the technology.

    The trial is being supported by every facet of the U.S. television industry, including content owners, broadcasters, broadcast equipment makers and advertisers, represented by the Television Bureau of Advertisers and The Ad Council.

    “We are looking forward to hearing how consumers use the technology,” Mr. Lougee said in announcing the trial.

    If South Korea is a guide, U.S. consumers will use it just as much, if the price is right.




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    my head hurts.
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    Hi, Frankly I do not think I would watch TV on my phone, but I am only posting what I found. Take care, Jay
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    Free stuff is all well and good in second and third world countries. But in America we buy a lot of apps, so our time would have to be split between watching a free app or playing one of the many that we've purchased. And who needs tv when you have the Internet and a high definition tv at home?
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    tv on mobile phone would rock
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    HI, as I said, I do not think I would use it, perhaps if I am waiting for a flight. Take care, jay
    Please Support Research into Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Spinal Injuries. If You Suffer from These, Consider Joining or Better Yet Forming a Support Group. No One Should Suffer from the Burden of Chronic Pain, Jay M. S. Founder, Leesburg Fibromyalgia/Resources Group
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    I think the purpose would be those days when you are out and have a show ir game you don't wanna miss right there. I'd love to have seen the finale to biggest loser while I was on vacation! However I think tha until a digital dvr type tv is available on phones, where one could stream it to any tv at home in 720_ not many people will care, and we are still a ways out before that kinda technology hits a phone. (need MUCH better batteries and MUCH more memory
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    I would watch TV on my home... I have change my work schedule to watch the world cup.. I was hoping for flash so I couldn't watch the game on my phone but it seems that flash failed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rexalbel View Post
    I think the purpose would be those days when you are out and have a show ir game you don't wanna miss right there. I'd love to have seen the finale to biggest loser while I was on vacation! However I think tha until a digital dvr type tv is available on phones, where one could stream it to any tv at home in 720_ not many people will care, and we are still a ways out before that kinda technology hits a phone. (need MUCH better batteries and MUCH more memory
    Hi,

    1. I have a Tivo and got my 1st one the week they came out. If I am not home, I Tivo it and watch it on a decent size screen.

    2. When I 1st got the Tivo, there was not the following option, however this option now exists:

    I would think you could find "The Biggest Loser" on the website for what ever network it is on, (So sorry I have no idea what network to check, since I do not watch reality TV at all). Unless I am mistaken, most if not all networks, post their shows for free for a few weeks, in case you miss the show.

    3. I agree with you about the need for better batteries. Since battery technology, has not been keeping up with the rapid pace of other aspects of electronics. I assume that the next Pre, (or what ever they will call it), will have lower power consumption criteria and more than likely a larger battery.

    I know a lot of you, are not going to be trilled with the extra weight of a larger battery. However until fuel cell tech and/or battery tech moves forward faster, a larger heavier battery is a viable option.

    Take care, Jay
    Please Support Research into Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Spinal Injuries. If You Suffer from These, Consider Joining or Better Yet Forming a Support Group. No One Should Suffer from the Burden of Chronic Pain, Jay M. S. Founder, Leesburg Fibromyalgia/Resources Group
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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_singh View Post
    I would watch TV on my home... I have change my work schedule to watch the world cup.. I was hoping for flash so I couldn't watch the game on my phone but it seems that flash failed.
    Hi,

    Why not Tivo it and then watch it later? Just do not discuss it with anyone, so you will not know who won. If you are unaware of the winner, isn't just as if you were watching it live?

    Take care, Jay
    Please Support Research into Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Spinal Injuries. If You Suffer from These, Consider Joining or Better Yet Forming a Support Group. No One Should Suffer from the Burden of Chronic Pain, Jay M. S. Founder, Leesburg Fibromyalgia/Resources Group
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    Watching TV on a Pre? Yeah right. Maybe if you get 5 extra batteries in your pocket.
    The Saint
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    Hi all,

    I bought my g/f a nano 16 gig version 5, it plays movies, that is if you carry a microscope, it is as if you are watching a moving postage stamp. She wears reading glasses. I have Lasix so I have 20/15 and do not need read glasses. We both find it annoyingly small to watch. However, I realize that the Pre has a larger screen than a Nano, so what is the pre screen equal to a block of 4 stamps, LOL.

    Take care, Jay
    Please Support Research into Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Spinal Injuries. If You Suffer from These, Consider Joining or Better Yet Forming a Support Group. No One Should Suffer from the Burden of Chronic Pain, Jay M. S. Founder, Leesburg Fibromyalgia/Resources Group
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    There is a free app currently available called SPB TV that streams free content to webOS devices...but no 'network' channel prime-time content. I use it for watching the local Fox morning show. Since I have an over-the-air tuner on my home computer, I use Orb to log in and stream live broadcast television (and other media on the computer) to my device. It makes the work commutes more bearable.
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    Hi, well at least that's a start. Thank you, take care, Jay
    Please Support Research into Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Spinal Injuries. If You Suffer from These, Consider Joining or Better Yet Forming a Support Group. No One Should Suffer from the Burden of Chronic Pain, Jay M. S. Founder, Leesburg Fibromyalgia/Resources Group

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