Thanks to Cellphones, TV Screens Get Smaller


New from the creators of "24": a spinoff series about a rogue Washington antiterrorism agent who is trying to infiltrate the Department of Defense. It's called "24 Conspiracy," but unlike "CSI: Miami" or "Law & Order: SVU," it is not broadcast on a different night, or on television at all. It is seen exclusively on Verizon's newest mobile phone.

Each of the one-minute mobile episodes (referred to as mobisodes) is specially shot and edited for the small, small screen. "Conspiracy," produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television, a division of the News Corporation, is one of three original series making their debut on Verizon's V Cast, a high-speed cellular phone network that delivers broadband Internet-quality video.

Mobile video is already popular in Korea, Japan and Europe. "24 Conspiracy" made its debut last month in England, where it costs 50 pence for a single episode and $39.99, or about $19, for the series.

V Cast, which began its service on Feb. 7, is the most ambitious wireless video offering in the United States to date. The network gives subscribers access to some 300 video clips, most from two to three minutes long. There are CNN news updates, ESPN sports briefs, music videos and jokes from the previous night's edition of "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart."

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