AT&T and MobiTV today announced they will deliver mobile television content over AT&T’s nationwide Wi-Fi network. The service will enable AT&T customers to view live television while connected to one of AT&T’s/SBC’s Wi-Fi hot spots.
The MobiTV service includes 15 channels spanning national news, sports, entertainment and full-length music videos. The service will be available this month at nearly 7,000 AT&T owned and operated Wi-Fi hot spots, which includes airports, coffee shops and book stores, with plans to expand to additional locations.
Users will have a basic channel line-up available through a monthly $11.99 subscription or for each 24-hour session for $5.99. Additional premium television channels will be offered soon.
“Having topped 1,000,000 subscribers and growing faster than ever, we’ve proved MobiTV’s technology, business model, and profitability on mobile networks across international markets on three continents,” said Dr. Phillip Alvelda, chairman and chief executive officer for MobiTV. “Now, in partnership with AT&T, the nation’s leading DSL provider, we are proving that the MobiTV service can deliver premium quality content seamlessly across any of the latest broadband networks.”
AT&T operates one of the nation’s largest Wi-Fi networks with connectivity available at nearly 11,000 hot spots nationwide. AT&T’s Cingular Wireless offer AT&T Yahoo! Go Mobile, for customized online content, services and community on a wireless phone. Customers of AT&T Yahoo! DSL landline service can also subscribe to AT&T Wi-Fi services for as little as $1.99 a month.
On-line video hosting service YouTube, now allows users to upload homemade clips via their mobile phones or PDAs.
“The good thing about it is that you don’t have to go home to YouTube anymore,” said Steve Chen, one of the company’s founders and its chief technology officer. “People may not carry their digital cameras with them when they go out. But everybody carries their cell phone.
The phone can also run Nokia’s LifeBlog software as well as the free ShoZu (beta) application which enables easy photo uploads to a number of free photo services including Yahoo’s Flickr, Buzznet, TextAmerica and Webshots. The N-93 features a 3x Carl Zeiss zoom and DVB-H mobile tv but isn’t available in the states (yet).
Both can capture MP4 videos at 352 x 288; 176 x 144, and 128 x 96 pixels. The Panasonic Lumix FZ7 still camera (with SD card slot) can capture 640×480 or 848 x 480 pixels at 30fps.
Nokia teamed with Six Apart so you can upload posts to a TypePad blog account. TypePad’s SplashBlog runs on a wide variety of camera phones and their Widgets provide flexibility. Nokia’s Lifeblog 2.0 comes in two parts; software that is loaded onto phones plus compatible software for PCs.
YouTube allows any user to upload homemade clips via their mobile phones or PDA but Nokia and Yahoo make it particularly easy for mobile photographers to upload and add comments to Flickr.
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Meanwhile, Wi-Fi TV announced today unlimited free calls to any phone number in the United States or Canada. Wi-Fi TV members must download dialer client software to their PC which delivers advertising while they talk.
“As a global delivery platform for live TV and an online community, Wi-Fi TV Inc. is honored to be working with AdCalls to be bringing our members the best online phone service at no charge whatsoever for phone calls. The Wi-Fi TV branded dialer, powered by AdCalls, just keeps getting better, and Wi-Fi TV Inc. is launching the latest version online today,” said Alex Kanakaris, Chairman of Wi-Fi TV Inc.
Wi-Fi TV members can also have the additional savings and convenience of being able to have food delivered to their door and use coupons for all kinds of savings on items for sale near their home or office.
In other news, TiVo will enable about 400,000 subscribers who have their “Series2″ DVR machines connected via broadband to use their TVs to watch Web videos from Brightcove. Specific programs to be offered — possibly as early as June — have not been named, but Brightcove clients include Discovery Communications, MTV Networks, Reuters, The New York Times, National Lampoon, SmartMoney and Farmers’ Almanac TV. Starting in summer 2006, users will be able to download their TiVO clips from the Verizon Wireless Get It Now onto applicable handsets.
Multicasting mobile television to millions simultaneously (like television broadcasting) is another route.
Aloha Partners will use two 6Mhz television channels in the 700 Mhz band utilizing the DVB-H system (HiWire), Verizon will use MediaFLO (on channel 54) and Cingular may use Modeo (at 1.6 GHz) for mobile tv.
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