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Television 'coming to mobiles'

Television 'coming to mobiles'

Category: Mobile Phones

Updated: 09/04/2009
First Published: 09/04/2009

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Mobile phone customers are set to be able to watch television streamed on their devices as a result of a new trial.

The BBC is planning to broadcast some of its channels to mobiles via 3G for those on the Orange, Vodafone and 3 networks.

Director of future media and technology at the broadcaster Ashley Highfield explained that it is hoping to gauge consumer response to the medium.

BBC One, BBC News 24 and BBC Three will all be available through the trial, which will last for up to 12 months, although some programmes such as sport will not be included.

Richard Halton, controller of business strategy at the BBC, said the organisation "believes that mobile content is an important part of the broadcasting landscape and is looking at ways in which mobile devices will shape services of the future for licence fee payers".

A recent United Nations and International Telecoms Union report found that 61 per cent of the world's population uses mobile phones.

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