Video Haunts and Shapes the Spectrum Debate

In the land grab for spectrum, the most frightening specter is Netflix. But as carriers launch their LTE networks, I’m concerned about their marketing efforts around HD video. Both AT&T and Verizon are pitching it on their networks despite video’s ability to cause network congestion.

How Mobile TV Could Finally Find an Audience

The mobile TV hype machine is up and running again thanks to the Open Mobile Video Coalition’s efforts surrounding mobile DTV. If a greater number of consumers are finally going to start watching video on their phones, though, at least three key challenges must be overcome.

Broadcasters Hope to Resurrect the Sony Watchman

The heyday of the Sony Watchman, a portable TV with a crappy screen and even crappier battery life, may have never actually have dawned, but that’s not stopping the folks from the Open Mobile Video Coalition from pushing their hopes for mobile broadcast TV.

Coming Soon: 2 Ways to Watch “American Idol” On the Go

The Open Mobile Video Coalition said today that it will begin broadcasting over-the-air mobile television to devices in Washington, D.C., later this summer. Also today, Qualcomm (s QCOM), which operates a competing over-the-air television technology, said it’s licensed its FLO software to ProTelevision Technologies (formerly Philips TV Test Equipment). That means Qualcomm’s MediaFLO technology could become available in more devices than the five or six cell phones that can currently receive the signal. While both announcements are big news for competing efforts in the nascent mobile television industry, the success of each venture may depend on which effort can win the rights to broadcast hot content to mobile watchers. For more, check out the post over at GigaOM.

Broadcasters to Make TV Mobile

[qi:032] In a nation with more than 225 million mobile subscribers, only 1.8 million of them watch broadcast television on their cell phones, according to September data from comScore. But a group of more than 800 broadcasters hopes to change all that — by making mobile TV shows both free and available at the same time they’re shown on oldteevee. To that end, in April 2007 those broadcasters formed the Open Mobile Video Coalition, aimed at establishing a standard for the delivery of mobile TV in the soon-to-be-available digital television spectrum.
On Tuesday, members of the OMVC got one step closer to making their dream a reality. Read More about Broadcasters to Make TV Mobile