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<http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6639249.stm

   TV could overtake gaming and music as the consumer's favoured
   application for mobile phones, according to research.

   Services in Japan, South Korea and Italy are attracting millions,
   confounding critics who said people would not watch TV on a small
   device.

   But consumers remain confused by what is on offer, as competing
   service offer different content and quality.

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Re: NEWS: Mobile TV predicted to be a hit


On Wed, 09 May 2007 17:21:38 GMT, John Navas

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See also:
"Gaming, music and TV to drive mobile market"
<http://www.theregister.com/2007/05/10/mobile_tv_explosion/

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And yet you were promising what a total disaster it was going to be only a
few months ago.  


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.... why is this in the alt.internet.wireless newsgroup?



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Scott wrote:

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There's a key difference in South Korea and Japan compared to the U.S.,
and that's the amount of time the majority of the populace spends in
non-self-driving commuting.

Also, in Japan and Korea, the coverage is much better, even underground
in subways. In the U.S., most of the underground systems have no
coverage. Washington DC's Metro has Verizon coverage underground, but I
don't think that any of the other undergrounds have coverage yet.

Still, the advent of larger screen phones like the iPhone may make
mobile TV more popular, at least to the teen crowd who's parents will
spend money foolishly on them.

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I agree. As one who has spent time in Asia, especially Japan, this stuff
works well for them. Coverage is also key. Phones were a lot smaller in
Japan because of the power of the network. Everyone commutes.

The camera in cell phone was such a Japanese concept and embraced
successfully over there.

It took a ton of marketing to sell the concept to the U.S. market.
Marketing works, though - all they needed to do was sell the teens.

I'm sure the carriers want mobile TV to work. The profits from the added
airtime charges alone will be worth the millions to sell it to us.
I'll bet a lot of parents are worried.

I'll stick with WiFi on my laptop until they get that pricing under
control. Free podcasts to my iPod are still the best thing around.

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