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Sprint launches video streaming on its CDMA network
Posted on 15-Aug-2004 12:00. | Tags Filed under: News.

Sprint has announced the launch of Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Services, a service that offers streaming video and audio content available in the United States. The Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Phone MM-A700 by Samsung will be the first CDMA device in the United States to deliver streaming audio and video content from sources such as CNN, NBC, FOX Sports, The Weather Channel, E! Entertainment, mFlix, Twentieth Century Fox, AccuWeather and 1KTV.

The mobile operator says users will be able to access more than 600 new streaming video and audio clips every day, covering the latest news, weather, sports and entertainment. The service offers a wide range of content for everyone – from NFL injury reports to red-carpet interviews from E! Entertainment.

The MM-A700 by Samsung enables customers to listen and view audio/video clips on-demand in real time directly from the phone’s 262K TFT full-color screen. The content, decompressed and played on the embedded media player, is directly delivered to the handset over the Sprint's CDMA1X network, eliminating the download process and the storage of files on the handset. Video and audio content is streamed to the MM-A700 by Samsung at 15 frames per second (fps).

The 4.2-ounce clamshell MM-A700 by Samsung also features a megapixel camera and digital camcorder, allowing consumers to send/receive hi-resolution images or videos with Sprint PCS Picture Mail and Sprint PCS Video Mail services.

Subscribers can browse and stream various channels in the service. Initially, Sprint will offer 10 channels to choose from for accessing audio and video content. Content can be accessed in two primary categories:

1) My Channels: a ‘basic cable’ type package consisting of:

Ch. 1 = Sprint TV, which is a compilation of content from NBC, FOX Sports, The Weather Channel and more. The content and technology for Sprint TV are being delivered by MobiTV.
Ch. 20 = Twentieth Century Fox, that offers free movie trailers;
Ch. 49 = The Preview Channel, which offers free previews of all channels; and
Ch. 24 = Athens on Location – free summer games highlights from NBC through Aug. 29.

2) Premium Channels: this is a more in-depth service that provides more content more frequently as determined by the channel content providers. The additional premium services channels available at launch are:
Ch. 2 = CNNtoGO - $4.95/month
Ch. 3 = FOX Sports - $4.95/month
Ch. 4 = The Weather Channel - $4.95/month
Ch. 5 = 1KTV - $4.95/month
Ch. 7 = mFlix - $4.95/month
Ch. 8 = E! Entertainment - $4.95/month
Ch. 14 = AccuWeather - $3.95/month

The MM-A700 by Samsung comes with a retail price of $399.99 or $249.99 after rebate with two-year agreement. Sprint PCS Vision subscribers may add Sprint TV to their existing Sprint PCS Vision plan for $9.99 per month. Or, subscribers may choose the Sprint Multimedia Pack and get unlimited free access to Sprint TV, in addition to Picture Mail, Video Mail, Vision and 100 SMS for $25.00 per month.

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