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MySpace Launches Streaming Video for Mobiles

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 03, 2008

Streaming Web video just might be one of those services that will come into its own during this economic downturn. Only a week ago, Google’s YouTube launched YouTube Live, which streams video channels via the Internet.

Today, social network MySpace Mobile has claimed the title of the first social portal to launch video streaming (albeit in beta) for mobile phones. MySpace’s cell-phone users will now be able to view videos they’ve uploaded or have marked as a favorite, as well as channels including TMZ, National Hockey League, National Geographic, The Onion and College Humor. Eventually, I’d expect MySpace and other content providers to stream longer-form programs and movies onto cell phones as well.

Long the domain of start-up providers, streaming video is clearly entering the big league. By getting more involved, giants YouTube and MySpace could help grow streaming Web video audience more rapidly — and, in the long run, hurt traditional video providers like cable and satellite TV companies and telcos, which have begun providing TV services in recent years.

Sure, many of these traditional TV service providers, such as cable heavyweight Comcast and satellite giant Dish Network, have their own online/mobile video streaming operations. But they are clearly not as well known. As YouTube and MySpace ramp up their streaming video efforts, these traditional providers will have to ramp up to keep up — or risk falling behind.

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Reader Comments


December 3, 2008 08:58 AM

U R Right, With PDA's and Smart phone %tage on a rise, such services are and will prove successful and roi wise too profitable.


December 4, 2008 04:00 AM

Data plans need to get cheaper too. Not many teens can pay a $70 phone bill ($20 basic voice, $20 unlimited txt, $30 unlimited data).


December 4, 2008 04:02 AM

We have a page already and had plans to provide our own content to mobile devices now we can use the Google services since we are already link on at we would like a deal with to be a provider.


December 5, 2008 10:01 PM

The sellphone providers are already retaliating with monthly GB limits on bandwidth and a punitive excess like 25c/MB over the monthly 5GB limit on Verizon Wireless. Until truly unlimited internet is restored, TV is DOOMED!

Time-Warner is limiting home bandwidth as Comcast threatens to. These companies have infiltrated Wimax to ruin it, too.


December 11, 2008 10:59 AM

We've been broadcasting our live video rock concerts to cellphone users for years. Finally we can focus on a working with providers who actually have the resources to bring this concept forward.

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