MobiTV Cooks Up New DTV Mobile TV Service
Today MobiTV and partners announced a new service called mixTV. mixTV does what the name implies, and incorporates both free over-the-air DTV broadcasts with on-demand content. In demonstrations, MobiTV is showing how it will work with content from PBS and the CW networks, paired with a seven-day window for all the content from those broadcasters on-demand via mobile WiMax. MobiTV hopes this new offering will generate interest from wireless network operators and television broadcasters alike, which have heretofore taken separate paths to deliver mobile TV to handsets.
Verizon Zero-Rates Its Fios Mobile Video App
Verizon Wireless today said the company's Fios home internet and television customers can stream an unlimited amount of live and recorded shows over LTE without impacting their monthly data allotment. Specifically, Fios customers can use the Fios Mobile app on their smartphones and tablets to watch 140 channels of live television, movies, and stored DVR content.
AT&T Has Low-Cost Mobile TV Services to Bolster DirecTV Now
Alongside its new DirecTV Now streaming television service, AT&T announced Fullscreen and FreeView. Fullscreen includes more than 1,500 hours of ad-free content (movies, television) for $6 per month, while FreeView includes ad-supported content for free.
Incentive Auction Fails to Attract Big Spenders
The FCC's 600MHz incentive auction is proceeding slowly and may need to be reset. After 27 rounds of bidding, the total amount bid has reached only $23 billion, far short of the $88.4 billion clearing cost set during the reverse part of the auction earlier this year.
FCC Chairman Talks Incentive Auction Plans
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has discussed the broad strokes for incentivizing television broadcasters to give up their 600MHz spectrum. The FCC will meet with broadcasters one at a time to explain in depth the benefits of participating.