Mobile Video

Mobile TV Dreams

9:15 AM -- Which region will be the first hotbed for mobile TV on smartphones? Korea or Japan would seem obvious choices -- they're already big on mobile television. But how about the United States?

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo thinks it's more than possible. Speaking at a Churchill Club event last night, he said AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless have given the U.S. "a lot of possibility" in this area.

"The way they have been active with data, the way they have been adding capacity and speed to their networks -- they are quite progressive," he said.

Kallasvuo's talk -- really an onstage interview -- covered a lot of ground, much as last year's event with AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson did. (See AT&T Parties Like It's 1999.) One theme Kallasvuo harped on again and again was openness -- the opening of the Symbian operating system and the necessity of open architectures to further the creation of new mobile services. (See Symbian Wants the World.)

I'll be writing up a full story -- with professional pictures! -- to post on Unstrung, hopefully by early this afternoon.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

Gabriel Brown 12/5/2012 | 3:30:25 PM
re: Mobile TV Dreams For any UK readers, BBC launched its iPlayer catch-up TV service for S60 platforms (Nokia, mostly) yesterday.

Seems to work OK even though itGs limited to WiFi. Workarounds to make it work on 3G are already available.

The problem with streaming mobile video remains. How can you justify burning battery?

What if your kidGs school canGt get in touch in an emergency because youGve been watching, say, the Pink Floyd documentary?
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