SPB TV Brings Mobile DTV to the iPhone for Free
Many believe that free services will provide the impetus for mass market mobile TV adoption. February saw the launch of ROK mobile Freeview, this week another leading brand in mobile software has taken a step in this direction.
SPB has released a version of SPB TV for the iPhone. Subscription-free and free to download, the app gives users access to over a hundred publicly available digital TV channels from all over the world. Features include, quick channel launch and preview with picture-in-picture, video on demand, integrated TV guide and touch screen controls.
It's completely free, paid for by advertising lasting only the amount of time necessary to buffer the stream when starting a channel. It's feature rich yet intuitive, easy to use and responsive.
The Not So Good
Plenty of stations, but not much on. This isn't the fault of the app though, it was created for tuning in to publicly available digital TV channels from all over the world, which it does. It's just that the freely available channels aren't what you might call primetime viewing, with the possible exception of news. However this situation is bound to change as mobile TV gathers momentum.
Compatible with the Apple iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad with iPhone OS 3.0 and above. Versions are also available for the Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian, but currently cost - prices vary.