One of my favorite topics, though, is mobile video. At this point, I think it is one of the most misunderstood topics, in part because it's so difficult to define. All of these things are fit the definition of mobile video and TV.
- MobiTV and GoTV, which stream video content to mobile phones
- MediaFLO and DVB-H, which use a separate broadcast network to send TV shows to mobile phones
- 1-Seg, the extremely popular mobile TV station that works a lot like MediaFLO but it's free. Comes from Japan but gaining a foothold in South America as well.
- Mobile Digital TV which in the US, will soon be available using the ATSC Mobile/Handheld specification
The other alternatives rely on so many new connections, new business models, new relationships among the players (and new players) and make the one huge jump that consumers are resisting: paying for something that has been otherwise free.
I'll have a lot more on this, but this is my mobile video manifesto... a lot of things will start from these assumptions.