1. Mr Bear's Avatar
    (From Gigaom, via Fortune Magazine)
    By Liz Gannes
    March 26, 2009: 12:01 AM ET


    Weve heard from multiple sources that RIM (RIMM) is planning to announce a full-episode television service for BlackBerry users as early as next week at CTIA.

    Heres what weve heard so far:

    It will be an unlimited monthly subscription service for a fee
    Once a user orders a program, the content will be downloaded in the background over Wi-Fi
    Multiple broadcast and cable networks have licensed content for the service

    A spokesperson for RIM said it doesnt comment on unannounced products or applications. However the timing seems right, considering the company is on the verge of launching BlackBerry App World, a competitor to iPhone (AAPL) and Android (GOOG) mobile application storefronts. While it might be a bit late to get into the content distribution game, RIMs service has some advantages, including 19.5 percent of the worlds smartphone sales.

    What we dont know is if BlackBerry carriers are involved, though carriers usually dont like handset makers going straight to consumers unless theyre helmed by a man named Steve Jobs. And consumers havent historically bought into handset content services either. Nokias (NOK) attempt at a content portal, Ovi, could hardly be dubbed a raging success. But BlackBerry users, whose mobile addictions are borderline scary, might buck that trend.

    By downloading content in the background over Wi-Fi, RIM would avoid clogging 3G networks. Downloaded programs would be ready to play when users want to watch them on the go. And once 3G networks finally get up to speed, customers may just want to upgrade.

    By contrast, TV.coms long-form shows iPhone app chops up episodes into clips and strings them together, with different versions of each clip encoded for 3G and Wi-Fi (the Wi-Fi quality is way better). The BlackBerry content experience would offer reliable, full-length, high-quality over-the-air (well, Wi-Fi) premium video downloads. So thats an improvement over Apples system, which requires you to pay to download an individual episode onto your laptop, then transfer it to your iPhone. But this BlackBerry content service would be a little bit different from what you might think of as mobile video as youd be using the phone because its convenient rather than because its connected to the network.
    03-26-09 12:42 PM
  2. Mr Bear's Avatar
    Looks as if wifi might be needed to run this app.
    03-26-09 12:44 PM
  3. StingRay's Avatar
    "the content will be downloaded in the background over Wi-Fi "


    yep....that leaves us Storm owners out....
    03-26-09 12:48 PM
  4. snork's Avatar
    "the content will be downloaded in the background over Wi-Fi "


    yep....that leaves us Storm owners out....
    and pretty much any VZW BB user
    03-26-09 12:51 PM
  5. PWNKAKE's Avatar
    I thought that the storm had wifi capability, but verizion disabled it? Couldn't a firmware update simply turn it back on for this type of use?

    If not, HUGE FAILURE on Verizions part. HUGE.
    03-26-09 01:01 PM
  6. seVer916's Avatar
    a short read on ANYTHING in here even remotely referencing wifi (not to mention the user guide) would tell you that BB's on VZW don't have wifi. it's not a software thing, it's a hardware thing... so no matter how many updates you put out, you're never going to have the radio inside the phone.
    03-26-09 01:17 PM
  7. St13fL3r's Avatar
    no wifi wouldnt be enabled by a firmware update, it is a hardware issue, they never put the hardware in it to be used

    I thought that the storm had wifi capability, but verizion disabled it? Couldn't a firmware update simply turn it back on for this type of use?

    If not, HUGE FAILURE on Verizions part. HUGE.
    03-26-09 01:21 PM
  8. motrv8d's Avatar
    why would RIM announce tv episode streaming if it doesn't support the Storm? Isn't the Storm the main competition to iPhone?

    I don't get it.
    03-26-09 02:08 PM
  9. substring's Avatar
    Storm does not have WiFi. And so is the Niagara.

    If it involves a subscription fee, I am sure RIM and VzW will figure out a way to make it work. Nobody will turn down money. But frankly, this is an absolute nonsense that streaming TV shows require WiFi. And if they are not really live shows, why can't the consumers just download from their laptops and then transfer to the phones? Just like the iPhone/iPod users downloading contents from iTunes using their laptops?

    This whole thing does not make sense. And who knows, this may not even be real.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    03-26-09 02:18 PM
  10. rickyb0522's Avatar
    The storm is unbelievably popular I think someone would be smart enough to realize that those people (including me) that shelled out big money to purchase the storm are most likely going to want a television application for our storm if not... lets riot!
    03-26-09 02:29 PM
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