April 22nd, 2005

Mobile Video – Getting Closer to “Live”

I attended iHollywood’s Mobile Video conference in Las Vegas this past week. While Las Vegas itself doesn’t excite me so much, being back in EV-DO territory does. We’re still waiting here in San Francisco.

This time I have two phones on loan to me – one with Verizon’s Vcast service and one with SprintTV from Idetic.

Previously I had complained about the “dated” material on the Vcast service. This time I’d have to say that it was pretty current. Both services had up to date news such as the selection of the new Pope.

While I (along with the consumers we’ve surveyed) want “live” coverage, I wasn’t ready to watch commercials. At one point I was watching a “live” stream from one of the networks and realized that three out of the first five minutes had been commercials. Given that I haven’t truly watched “live” TV in more than a year since buying a Tivo, I was in shock. I didn’t know what to do. I started looking for a FF button on my phone. Then I realized that I was simply “stuck.” I didn’t know what to do.

My next video phone has to have that functionality.

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