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Advances in MobiTV Technology
And company continues to grow
by KathrynV 03:39PM Monday Apr 14 2008
MobiTV, provider of television and digital radio service for cell phones, has announced that they’ve achieved technological advances that will allow them to provide better service to their growing customer base.
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"MobiTV Inc. has spent the past 18 months developing new technologies that will speed up the time between channel changes to less than a second and optimize cellular network backhaul by automatically switching video streams from unicast to multicast depending on usage in a specific sector."
MobiTV will also be adding targeted advertising which they hope will be a benefit to customers. The company’s business plans seem to be working; they’ve reached the milestone of delivering service to over four million customers. They say that their ability to work to meet the interest of both broadcasters and phone carriers aids their efforts.

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Ben
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Glen Carbon, IL

Growing Customer Base?

When would these customers even get to use the service?

- While driving? Not possible, even if it weren't illegal (which it is).

- Walking place to place? Again, not possible.

- At work? No, not if you want to keep your job.

- At school? Nope.

- At home? No, because you'd have a larger TV.

- On aircraft? Nope. You can't get mobile service up there.

- On a boat? Nope. No coverage.

en102
Canadian, eh?

join:2001-01-26
Valencia, CA

Re: Growing Customer Base?

Not for me, however, many people do commute by train or bus (or as a passenger in a vehicle)... this would be a prime use, if I'm not mistaken.
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Ben
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Re: Growing Customer Base?

said by en102:

Not for me, however, many people do commute by train or bus (or as a passenger in a vehicle)... this would be a prime use, if I'm not mistaken.
How many people actually do that, on a nationwide basis?

I know doing that is more popular in say, NYC. But, anywhere I've lived everyone just uses their cars, and don't take passengers.

Personally, I've never carpooled, and it's extremely rare for me to take a passenger. Part of the reason is space, but another part is because of scheduling. It never works out to begin with.

en102
Canadian, eh?

join:2001-01-26
Valencia, CA

Re: Growing Customer Base?

I know that here in L.A., its probably even MORE rare.
Those that do the 1-2 hour long commute (even by rail) would get some use out of it though. I'm surprised that TV companies haven't subsidized it (TV's in the trains/busses) for cheap adverising.
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devicemanage
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Chalfont, PA

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Re: Growing Customer Base?

well I tell you guys what. I have a sprint mogul. I never thought I would watch tv on my cell phone. I don't think I will pay for the service but if it was free? So I slapped a tv tuner card in my vista ultimate machine, installed this software from www.orb.com and holy crap I am streaming tv to my cell phone for free. There isn't much on daytime, but it is neat to watch msnbc during the day at work if you can get away with it. Also if you have a ripped dvd on your pc, you can stream that too. Some times the signal gets weak, and internet traffic gets clogged up and it needs to buffer - so I look at it like what do you want for free. But I don't think I would pay for the service. I also stream sirius to the phone - now that is awesome.

Ben
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Glen Carbon, IL

Re: Growing Customer Base?

said by devicemanage:

well I tell you guys what. I have a sprint mogul. I never thought I would watch tv on my cell phone. I don't think I will pay for the service but if it was free? So I slapped a tv tuner card in my vista ultimate machine, installed this software from www.orb.com and holy crap I am streaming tv to my cell phone for free. There isn't much on daytime, but it is neat to watch msnbc during the day at work if you can get away with it. Also if you have a ripped dvd on your pc, you can stream that too. Some times the signal gets weak, and internet traffic gets clogged up and it needs to buffer - so I look at it like what do you want for free. But I don't think I would pay for the service. I also stream sirius to the phone - now that is awesome.
Hm...I don't know why I didn't think of that, although I thought of something similar.

I instead thought of VOIP and Asterisk, and let the mobile serve as a external (off-premises) SIP extension to a home PBX. Why not get additional mileage out of my POTS?

The downside? VOIP, like streaming video, requires 3G, which isn't available everywhere. For video, you need raw bandwidth. For VOIP, you need low latency. That's why EDGE doesn't cut it for VOIP.

RR Conductor
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said by en102:

I know that here in L.A., its probably even MORE rare.
Those that do the 1-2 hour long commute (even by rail) would get some use out of it though. I'm surprised that TV companies haven't subsidized it (TV's in the trains/busses) for cheap adverising.
Not that rare anymore, a lot commute by Metrolink, Amtrak and Metrorail to work in the L.A. area now, just check out the station at Covina in the mornings and evening
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en102
Canadian, eh?

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Valencia, CA

Re: Growing Customer Base?

You know that I'd use it here from Santa Clarita, if I had to go downtown L.A..... the 405 is becoming a more expensive parking lot - daily, as the price of gas goes up.
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Lark3po
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Madison, AL
It would come in handy while waiting on your turn for a visit with: a doctor, a lawyer, to get your car tags, at a bank teller, waiting to check out at a store, etc...

Ben
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Glen Carbon, IL

Re: Growing Customer Base?

said by Lark3po:

It would come in handy while waiting on your turn for a visit with: a doctor, a lawyer, to get your car tags, at a bank teller, waiting to check out at a store, etc...
How long do you have to wait? 5 minutes? 10 minutes?

Even if you so happen to have to wait longer, how often does that happen? Almost never.

I never considered buying a headset for long hold times on the phone (and I don't even have a cordless). Why? Because it rarely happens.

There probably won't be enough time to watch a TV show.

Personally, I'd be more inclined to buy a Gameboy, or something. Or if the mobile supports it, play a couple rounds of some game.

So what's next? A mobile TiVo equivalent? Maybe a cable to jack it into your home system?

FFH
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said by Ben:

When would these customers even get to use the service?

- While driving? Not possible, even if it weren't illegal (which it is).

- Walking place to place? Again, not possible.

- At work? No, not if you want to keep your job.

- At school? Nope.

- At home? No, because you'd have a larger TV.

- On aircraft? Nope. You can't get mobile service up there.

- On a boat? Nope. No coverage.
Waiting in Doctor or Dentist office - Yep.
Waiting at car dealer for maintenance service - Yep.
Passenger in a car(not driver) - Yep.
Commuting to work on bus or train - Yep.

That being said, I don't have it or plan to have it. But there are uses for it.
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PhoenixDown
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Re: Growing Customer Base?

Thats why they invented books.

Logan 5
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Re: Growing Customer Base?

said by PhoenixDown:

Thats why they invented books.
E-Books???

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said by Ben:

When would these customers even get to use the service?

- While driving? Not possible, even if it weren't illegal (which it is).

- Walking place to place? Again, not possible.

- At work? No, not if you want to keep your job.

- At school? Nope.

- At home? No, because you'd have a larger TV.

- On aircraft? Nope. You can't get mobile service up there.

- On a boat? Nope. No coverage.

On a Train (Long Distance, Commuter, Light Rail or Trolley)? Yes
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»www.amtrak.com
»www.amtrakcalifornia.com
»www.metrolinktrains.com
»www.up.com
»www.bnsf.com
»www.aslrra.org/home/index.cfm

MarkO711

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what is a book?

Thanks

dvd536
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Fixed

"achieved technological advances that will allow them to provide better service to their growing customer base."
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translation: we've closed the hole that allowed non subscribers to view our content.
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flyingjoey

join:2005-11-07
Jersey City, NJ

So let's see... MobiTV 10 bucks a month

So let's see... MobiTV 10 bucks a month like 10 channels. My SlingBox on my PPC phone + 300 friggen channels... Free... let's do the math.
MySay

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Mansfield, TX

Re: So let's see... MobiTV 10 bucks a month

said by flyingjoey:

So let's see... MobiTV 10 bucks a month like 10 channels. My SlingBox on my PPC phone + 300 friggen channels... Free... let's do the math.
Exactly! Slingbox, ftw! It's what I do w/ mine, and I haven't been disappointed yet! MobiTV? No thanks!

(I actually have another Slingbox connected to my kiddo's PC, so I can watch what they're doing anytime... from anywhere using my Samsung BlackJack II).