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The Wall St Journal looks into wireless crystal ball: The newspaper predicts substantially more mobile video as services like Qualcomm’s MediaFlo roll out. MediaFlo uses spectrum Qualcomm won in the former UHF TV band that will allow them to broadcast high-quality video and audio to cell receivers without the compromises required to share cellular voice/data bands. Verizon is offering MediaFlo in 20 markets for $15 per month by itself.
MobiTV will continue to expand its offering; they offer television over Wi-Fi and broadband networks. They hope to offer a converged plan in which the same programming will be available for a single fee across many different networks. MobiTV isn’t a replacement for IPTV, which requires high home bandwidth; rather, it’s a streaming TV on PC/handheld offering—for now.
The article also notes that Wi-Fi is being built into an increasingly large number of cell phones—80 so far—and the need to hook these phones into hotspot networks becomes ever greater.
Posted by Glennf at March 26, 2007 10:38 AM