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Verizon Launching Mobile TV in 20 Cities

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Mar 1, 2007, 12:30 AM   by (staff)

Updated with additional cities. Full details of the VCAST TV launch have been revealed. Verizon will launch with seven channels Thursday: NBC News, NBC, CBS Mobile, MTV Mobile, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Fox Mobile. ABC is no longer in the launch lineup. The service will cost $15 per month or can be combined with VCAST for unlimited video clip downloads and online access for $25 per month. Verizon is launching the service with the Samsung U620; the LG VX9400 is expected next month. As of Thursday service will be available in Tucson, Albuquerque / Santa Fe, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Omaha, Palm Springs, Portland, Richmond, Salt Lake City, Seattle / Tacoma, Spokane, St. Louis and Wichita. VCAST TV will be available in Atlanta, LA, New York City and other areas in the near future.

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Mar 3, 2007, 4:58 PM

Why it happend this way

What some of you are failing to realize is the process involved in launching VCast TV in all areas. MediaFLO is only licensed to work in certain cities and right now a majority of them are the midwest and west. It has nothing to do with Verizon Wireless and they don't have much control over the situation. More cities are being added even as close as next week, not to mention more and more cities will be included as they get contracts worked out to use the broadcast spectrum. The Samsung is launched where service is available and the LG will follow suit after it's launch date. Yes, there are ways around purchasing the phone if it is not available in your area and Verizon Wireless knows that. The LG is a nice phone in general and I'd even say ...

Mar 1, 2007, 6:06 PM

Why launch service that nobody can use?

so vzw is launching tv service today, but phones won't launch until next month. so why even say they are launching it?

I just don't get it.
ONE phone (the LG) launches next month... the samsung launches today.
So yeah yesterday went to my friends verizion store and they DO have phones that already support the VTV HOWEVER they could not get it to run... Hmmm "it the network"

Mar 1, 2007, 1:12 AM

Tucson but not Phoenix?

Phoenix = Captital

Tucson = NOT
My NE2 was up Dec3 but I waited for this.

In late Dec my LG8100 charger plug broke and I was forced to use my old Audiovox but I waited for this.

For the past 90 days I havent been able to take a pic, send a pix or flix message or receive th...

Mar 2, 2007, 12:15 AM

Maybe Size Really Doesn't Matter After All...

I do not think the Mobile TV launch is based upon the size of a city. Years ago when Verizon first begin to launch EV-DO/VCAST, San Diego and Washington D.C. were the first areas to have it. Interestingly enough San Diego is missing from the initial Mobile TV launch, even though Qualcomm's U.S. base of operations is there.
If one is wondering why Tucson instead of Phoenix, a better question would be why San Bernadino and not Los Angeles? Or why Dallas and not Houston or why New Orleans at all. Particularly with that city's population being down post Katrina... It appears that this launch has nothing to do with size and more to do with where Qualcomm and/or Verizon decided to begin testing the service. If the service is popular...

Mar 1, 2007, 7:08 AM

price change

seems they arent doing the tier pricing according to phone scoop...I still think they might
I don't think $15/mo is bad at all.

Though it is dissapointing that the MUCH, MUCH better handset, the LG one isn't going to be released until next month, that one is made for tv viewing.

Mar 1, 2007, 1:08 AM


Is this what VZW is usung their MediaFlo for? If so, I was expecting alot more from VZW. Confused
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