Monday, 16 July 2007

Mobile TV comes into focus at Berlin event

The Medienwoche Berlin-Brandenburg media event in August/September is to take an in-depth look at the state of mobile TV in Europe.

Mobile TV has been the ‘next big thing’ for a while now without ever really taking off outside of the Asia-Pacific region. Why is this? Is it cultural differences, or just a question of the content and/or technology not being of sufficient quality yet?

Whatever the reason, the situation is expected to change over the next 12 – 18 months. T-Mobile UK has just launched Pocket Comedy TV, a mobile TV channel, and there are a number of pilot projects cropping up across the sector. People are gradually getting used to the idea of watching television on their mobile handsets, which means that the industry will have to move quickly to meet the demand.

Our prediction is that within a few years mobile TV will be as common as texting is now, providing operators can get their pricing strategy right. With the European Commission this week calling for a standard for mobile TV it may not be long before the small screen becomes the mainstream.

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