Just Weeks Away Now: Live TV on Selected Phones
Verizon did a splashy launch back at CES, but now at last, some U.S. consumers will have a chance to get their hands on a real Mobile TV service. Verizon’s V Cast Mobile TV network will begin broadcasting at the beginning of April in two dozen mid-size U.S. markets, including Denver, Dallas, Seattle, Las Vegas, and Kansas City. Bigger cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Houston are expected to be added on later this year.
The new live TV service will offer eight channels at first, including ESPN, MTV, CBS Mobile, NBC, Nickelodian, and Comedy Central. Access to those eight will cost Verizon subscribers about $15 per month. Of course, they’ll need to first buy a Mobile TV-compatible handsest. Verizon is offering two: Samsung’s U620 ($149.99 after rebate) and LG’s VX9400 ($199 after rebate). Both models are getting a lot of attention at CTIA this week in Orlando, FL. They feature sharp, bright displays, and though you can watch the TV service with the screens in a horizontal position, it’s still a small show. Squint and enjoy!