Wednesday, April 26, 2006

ComVu: Live from the Palm of Your Hand

Via MocoNews, ComVu annouce today it has taken one more step towards living up to the company tag line.

From the release:

"ComVu, a leading company in the personal mobile video broadcasting industry, today announced the world’s first live video broadcasting from a 3G camera phone direct to the DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld) network. ComVu is working closely with Modeo, a pioneer in mobile television broadcast technology, to provide millions of citizen reporters with the ability to broadcast breaking news live to a global television audience."

"It’s an exciting time for the broadcast industry when millions of mobile consumers can view high quality television on Modeo integrated DVB-H smartphones with Windows Media technologies," says William Mutual, CEO of ComVu. "ComVu currently offers mobile newscasters an efficient way to broadcast live to a few thousand simultaneous viewers. However, with DVB-H, ComVu will enable the ultimate distribution solution for citizen powered journalism and user generated content with immediate reach by next year to an audience in the tens of millions worldwide."

"The combination of Windows Mobile 5.0 powered devices and the Windows Media platform is creating exciting new mobile media opportunities ," said Chad Hodge director of Windows Digital Media at Microsoft Corp. "By leveraging the ComVu PocketCaster application the same Windows Media technologies that are used to deliver professional content to mobile viewers over Modeo's network can be used for consumers to gain access to a global audience."

From MocoNews:

"To be clear, it’s not using DVB-H technology to get the video from the handset to the servers, but from the servers to all the viewers. ComVu is working closely with Modeo, the main company rolling out DVB-H services in the US, and expects to roll out its services in 30 major US cities throughout 2007.

The service isn’t free, there’s a $4-200 per month subscription fee — that’s a big range, and I assume there’s a vastly different service offered depending on how much you pay."

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