MobiTV launches today as part of PCS Vision services from Sprint. The subscription service is now available as a J2ME-download to select PCS Vision Phones. MobiTV brings a stream of television content and features such as on/off, volume and channel changing to PCS Phones. It gives users access to visual and real-time information and entertainment from a mobile phone.
When PCS Vision launched in August of 2002, Sprint moved the text-based mobile Web to full-color sites and graphics and introduced the PCS Vision phone as the third screen for customers to access news and entertainment - in addition to the Internet and TV. Earlier this year, Sprint advanced to downloadable applications with streaming audio and slide-show visuals to provide a complete news and entertainment experience that customers could see and hear. MobiTV now represents the next step in technology for offering streaming audio and visual news, information and entertainment through a PCS Vision Phone.
MobiTV features some of the most popular TV channels in the United States: MSNBC, CNBC, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, CSTV: College Sports Television, California Music Channel, CMC Beat Lounge, CMC-USA, Independent Music Network, CNET, Discovery Kids, ToonWorld TV Classics and Discovery en Espaņol are all part of the initial package. More channels will be added to the service over the coming months.
The subscription costs US$9.99 per month. This is addition to the PCS Vision subscription of US$15 a month, which includes unlimited access to the PCS Vision Web, unlimited text messaging and US$10 per month in premium content including games, ringers and screensavers, and applications such as MobiTV.
MobiTV is available through PCS Vision from Sprint, and is downloadable on select PCS Vision handsets (Samsung A620, Sanyo 5400, Sanyo 5500, Sanyo 7200 and Sanyo 8100) through Downloads/Applications/Get New.
At the end of 3Q03, there were nearly 2.7 million PCS Vision subscribers in the United States.