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Watching "Lost" episodes on your cell phone's tiny screen may or may not appeal to you, but various forces are tinkering with technologies that will let you do just that.
LG Electronics Inc. and Harris Corp. announced on Sunday that they will be ready to begin their push to join the cell phone broadcasting market as early as next year with the new Mobile Pedestrian Handheld (MPH) technology. This new technology could allow broadcasters to finally challenge cell-phone carriers, who are trying to corner the mobile TV market via their own transmissions.
Global mobile phone operators hope mobile TV will be the next big money spinner, but if South Korea is anything to go by, their optimism may be misplaced.
Mobile operators and broadcasters are hoping flat-rate TV services or pay-per-view broadcasts will bring in revenue from people who cannot bear to miss a goal or the latest episode of their favorite soap opera while on the road.
Want to watch TV on your mobile phone? The wireless industry is betting billions that you do. And they're not talking about just downloading or streaming on-demand videoclips to your phone. Efforts are afoot to broadcast TV programming nationwide to a new generation of mobile phones that can tune in, just like an at-home TV.
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