I have always envied Koreans since they get to watch TV anywhere using their cellphones. I think it would be pretty cool to watch TV on my BlackBerry while sitting on the train. On the other, hand mobile TV has yet to even make a dent in the US. MobiTV just announced that they have 4 million subscribers so I guess somebody is using it. I tried the re-branded MobiTV service on a Sprint 8330 and it worked quite well even though it was slightly grainy and slow to load. However, the pricing for Sprints TV service was way out of my range for casual use and the pricing structure was truly confusing.
There are also already 3 completely incompatible mobile TV technology standards that I know of currently including DMB, DVB-T, and MediaFLO on top of the companies like MobiTV that stream it over the internet. Toshiba has already thrown in the towel in Europe with regards to mobile TV in Europe and Nokia is wondering when it will ever take off. I think Don Reisinger summed up the whole situation well in his Mashable article titled “Why Mobile TV is a total waste of time.”
Still, the upcoming SlingPlayer application has me excited since it would mean that I could watch regular cable on my BlackBerry. That is, if the application is ever released (more on that in another post).
So I have to ask. Are you interested in mobile TV or you just couldn’t care any less about it? If so, what flavor of mobile TV are you interested in?