Berkeley, California — MobiTV, the world’s first live streaming television content service delivered to mobile phones, launches today as part of PCS Vision services from Sprint. The subscription service, developed and operated by Idetic, Inc., is now available as a J2ME-download to select PCS Vision Phones. MobiTV brings a stream of television content and features such as on/off, volume and channel changing to PCS Phones. It gives users easy, on-the-go access to visual and real-time information and entertainment from a mobile phone, nationwide.
When PCS Vision launched in August of 2002, Sprint moved the text-based mobile Web to full-color sites and graphics and introduced the PCS Vision phone as the third screen for customers to access news and entertainment – in addition to the Internet and TV. Earlier this year, Sprint advanced to downloadable applications with streaming audio and slide-show visuals to provide a complete news and entertainment experience that customers could see and hear. MobiTV now represents the next step in technology for offering nationwide, streaming audio and visual news, information and entertainment through a PCS Vision Phone.
MobiTV features some of the most popular TV channels: MSNBC, CNBC, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, CSTV: College Sports Television, California Music Channel, CMC Beat Lounge, CMC-USA, Independent Music Network, CNET, Discovery Kids, ToonWorld TV Classics and Discovery en Español are all part of the initial package. More channels will be added to the service over the coming months.
For $9.99 per month, PCS Vision customers can see and hear news coverage of events as they unfold; get up-to-the-minute sports scores and see the highlights; and watch and hear new music videos anywhere on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network.
“MobiTV really is live TV content streamed real-time to select PCS Vision phones, not pre-canned clips or slide shows. The real breakthrough here is that for the first time, people can watch real-time television content on their mobile phone anywhere on the Sprint Nationwide Network,” said Dr. Phillip Alvelda, CEO at Idetic, Inc. “We’re just feeding a global appetite for news and information on the go that’s fueled by more than 1.2 billion mobile phone users worldwide,” continued Dr. Alvelda.
“With MobiTV, Sprint is letting wireless customers turn on and tune in to real-time television content directly on their handset. Now, in addition to the Internet and TV, customers’ PCS Phones become a ‘third screen’ on which they can watch real-time television content from their favorite providers,” said Jeff Hallock, assistant vice president of consumer products and services for Sprint.
MobiTV is available through PCS Vision from Sprint, and is downloadable on select PCS Vision handsets through Downloads/Applications/Get New.
At the end of 3Q03, there were nearly 2.7 million PCS Vision subscribers nationwide. PCS Vision from Sprint includes services that allow customers to take and receive pictures from select PCS Phones; browse the Internet at speeds faster than most dial-up connections; check personal and corporate e-mail; watch clips and stream audio for news and music; download polyphonic, animated and voice ringers, and full-color, graphically-rich games and screen savers, all on the enhanced Nationwide PCS Network.
PCS Vision is available for $15 a month. This includes unlimited access to the PCS Vision Web, unlimited text messaging and $10 per month in premium content including games, ringers and screensavers, and applications such as MobiTV.
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