Sprint To Offer Live TV Broadcasts
By Carlo Longino, Thu Nov 13 23:30:00 GMT 2003
US CDMA carrier Sprint said today it was offering service from MobiTV that gives users live broadcasts from 13 cable TV channels, at a stunning rate of 1 to 2 frames per second, for $10 per month, via a Java app.
While I think it's pretty cool that somebody's doing this, I honestly can't see too many people shelling out 10 bucks a month for poor-quality "video" from 13 mostly crappy channels. Russell Beattie has an early review of the service that's much more positive than I'd expect, though it does seem mostly interested in how easy the J2ME application was to download and install.
This is closer to a glorified radio broadcast than it is to television. And at $10 per month, you could pay for a handheld radio or TV pretty quickly. This looks to be another case of just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should.