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Live TV on your cell phone

by Brett Love, posted Jan 8th 2007 2:03PM
Veronica Mars on a Treo 680Verizon announced what they are calling V Cast Mobile TV at CES. The service, which is set to begin sometime in the first quarter of this year, will allow subscribers to watch live TV on their cell phones. NBC, CBS, and Fox are already signed up. Along with live programming, recorded programs, like the late night talk shows, will also be available. The shows will feature the same advertising as the traditional feed.

Unfortunately, it sounds like you will need a new phone to take advantage of this. The service uses Qualcomm's MediaFLO system to broadcast the television signal on a different spectrum than the voice or data services. The new phones will come with a program guide and subscribers will be able to channel surf using their keypads. Related to this, subscribers to Verizon's FIOS television service will be able to program their DVRs from their phones as well.

The big question, how much this will cost, isn't answered. They plan to announce pricing and availability when they get closer to the launch date. If it's within reason, it would be an interesting novelty to have, but unless you are commuting by bus or train, I'm not sure I see the usefulness of the service.

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