Nation's Capital to Be Free Mobile TV Test Bed
A handful of television broadcasters in the Washington, D.C., area are set to announce a trial of free mobile broadcasts that will let devices such as cell phones and laptops view local DTV broadcasts. The signals, which will be identical to those broadcast to regular televisions, will launch over the summer. The networks participating include CBS, NBC, PBS, Ion and a local FOX-owned station. The broadcasters haven't said exactly what types of devices will be supported. Most of today's cell phones don't have the necessary receiver built in. AT&T and Verizon Wireless already use Qualcomm's MediaFLO technology to provide mobile TV content to phones. Both require subscriptions. The networks have indicated that they will expand to another score of major markets by the end of 2009, covering 39% of households in the U.S.
Facebook Live to Reach Android Phones This Week
Facebook today said it is expanded the availability of its Facebook Live video feature to people who use Android devices. Until now, the feature had been restricted to Apple iPhones.
Facebook Expands Live Video to All US iPhone Owners
Facebook today increased the set of people able to make use of its live video feature to all iPhone owners in the U.S. Facebook first tested the service with celebrities and public figures before expanding to a small set of iPhone users back in December.
Periscope Adds Search and Saving Tools
Periscope today detailed forthcoming changes that will make it easier to find and save video broadcasts. First, Periscope will improve search by making it possible to browse live broadcasts via categories as well as via keywords.
YouTube TV to Offer Live TV for $35 Per Month
Google this week announced YouTube TV, another way to watch television content online. Google partnered with more than 40 television networks, including national and regional channels, to provide access to their shows for the YouTube generation.
T-Mobile Pitches Free MLB Content to Customers
T-Mobile today said baseball fans will be able to watch every regular season Major League Baseball game on their smartphones for free. T-Mobile has again partnered with MLB and is providing customers with access to a free year of MLB.TV Premium, which includes MLB.com At Bat Premium.