BT to launch TV service for mobile-phone operators

By Derek Sooman on January 12, 2006, 2:15 PM
BT is to launch a TV service for mobile-phone operators, some time in this year. Trials in the London area of the service have been a success, and now BT wants to roll it out to the rest of the UK.

According to BT, the results from the trial have been "extremely positive" and demonstrate there is "clear consumer demand for broadcast digital TV and radio to mobile phones".

The telecoms giant is now talking with other mobile operators to see if they want to buy into BT's wholesale "Movio" service. The service was originally called "LiveTime".

Seemingly, people are prepared to pay up to 8 a month for the service, and four in 10 would be prepared to switch networks to receive the service. So BT say, anyway.

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nathanskywalker said:
Wow, seems like alot of different corporation have been going this way. Tv on your cell phone.
mentaljedi said:
As much as the technology appeals to me, i don't find it practical. TV should stay on a TV. The minum screen size is a computer or laptop screen and even thats pushing it as laptops become smaller...
exscind said:
It seems like there have been at least a couple of similar news like this recently. Basically, everyone is jumping on the iPod and cell phon bandwagons. And the problem, at least for me, is still the fact that a typical cell phone screen is just too small to watch live-motion pictures for an extended period of time. In today's world, we want cell phones to be smaller to accomodate our daily needs and greater flexibility, but we want (at least I want) a bigger screen before an acceptance to this "mobo TV" service. It doesn't seem like there's a compromise to this dilemma. Live news headlines scrolling by is okay, but watching a live news correspondent in high motion is another.
MonkeyMan said:
Man, this must be the year of cell phone technology!!!! wow this is a great feature for mobile phone operators. I love the idea of watching TV, on your cellphone, and probably even be able to talk at the same time. Awesome job man!!!!!!! hopefully, we'll see the US implementing this type of technology for US mobile phone users.
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