More Mobile TV Musing

12:20 PM -- A note on mobile TV from those heart-stoppers over at GigaOm is interesting because it:

  1. Suggests that a new content market isn't worth getting into unless it's already successful, which is silly, and
  2. Notes that offering broadcast TV on a mobile phone, as a standalone service, just isn't compelling.

No. 2 is a worthwhile point.

As I mentioned last week, there is no truly mobile content around right now. Making TV content smaller doesn't take into account location or presence, two ingredients that should make a mobile video experience remarkably different -- different even than watching short YouTube clips on your iPhone.

My request to meet content developers in this space have fallen on deaf ears. Hopefully, I'll run into someone thinking along these lines at CTIA.

That said, it does make sense for a broadcast TV content distributor like Dish to be concerned with providing a set of services to mobile consumers. But I wouldn't expect that even those services will stand out as individual products until the day that the kind of content produced for mobile phones is at least as unique as the devices themselves.

– Phil Harvey, The Editor, Light Reading

Gabriel Brown 12/5/2012 | 3:45:02 PM
re: More Mobile TV Musing I saw a great proof-of-concept Mobile TV device from Qualcomm at Mobile World Congress. Perhaps they'll be showing it again at CTIA.

It's a very small (but watchable) key-fob type thing that only does TV.

Picture quality is good. Channel-change is fast. It has its own battery. And with MediaFlo they probably have some good-for-mobile content too.
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:45:00 PM
re: More Mobile TV Musing I'll definitely head to their booth to see what's up. Thanks for the tip.
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