TV on the iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lostngone, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. lostngone macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2003
    AT&T has CV and you have 3rd party companies like Mobi that supply "TV" over the Cell network. I was watching it on the Edge network on my Treo 650 years ago!

    Why isn't Mobi porting to the iPhone, did Apple already say no to companies like Mobi? I would think with the amount of iPhones it would be a no brainier.

    Maybe AT&T told Mobi no???
  2. dissdnt macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007
    Because AT&T has no capacity to handle the bandwidth.
  3. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    I think services like that require a special antenna. The VZW phone that had Mobile TV had to have the special antenna, and you had to be in the special coverage zone. It was nice though, there was no loading needed. It was real streaming.
  4. lostngone thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2003
    I won't disagree with that but it is simple supply and demand. I don't know what kind of agreement a company like Mobi has with the carriers but lets say Mobi came out and said $45 a month for 15 channels how many people do you think would subscribe? Not very many, buy I am sure it would be enough for Mobi to recoup the development costs of writing the app.
  5. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 46 years ago
    There are two brands of carrier-supplied TV.

    1) MediaFlo (aka AT&T Mobile TV) is an actual TV receiver built into the phone. Towers in major cities broadcast mobile-resized TV channels.

    • Pro: doesn't use the network, so can service unlimited users.
    • Con: few towers, plus need the TV receiver hardware in each phone.
    2) MobiTV (aka AT&T CV) is video data sent over the internet.

    • Pro: any handset should be able to use it.
    • Con: strain on the network.

    AT&T's terms prohibit the user sending video over the network.
  6. nehunte macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2009
    I still think slingplayer remains the best option. It might be more money up front, but it's much cheaper over time. Plus, you have control of every channel you have at home. And if you have a dvr, you get the recorded content as well. I'd take it any day over AT&T tv for $13-15/month.
  7. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    650 years ago?

    Wow ........... impressive!

    I kid, I kid. My personal guess is that they don't have a way to charge for it.

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