Friday, January 19, 2007

A big "no" to mobile TV?

Apparently the new Virgin mobile TV service released last February isn't proving to be particularly popular, with less than 10,000 subscribers. This really doesn't surprise me, I've never been able to figure out why people would want TV on their mobile phone, despite the industry thinking it was the next killer application to drive traffic over their networks. Remember pocket TVs? I have to shamefully admit to owning one of these little devices sometime in the late 80's, and it was totally useless. While technology has changed a lot, I can't see twenty years having changed how humans behave all that much. Mobile TV isn't a killer application, unless what its supposed to kill is the networks.