As we predicted last month (see story here), ROK Entertainment has just launched a live mobile TV service that works on normal 2.5G phones.
The channel line-up isn't exactly what you get on Freeview, but there are some big names on there - including live footage streamed from ITN, the Cartoon Network and CNN. The seven other channels are mighty obscure - TidyTV, anyone? - and feature looped footage daily, starting at 6AM.
Tech-wise, the big deal is that - unlike Orange's mobile TV service - you don't need a 3G phone to watch the shows. You do, however, need a Series 60 phone, ROK's downloadable software and a £10-a-month sub. You'll also pay for data costs which will depend on your network.
We'll let you know what the service's 15fps videos look like just as soon as we've roadtested it. Our sceptical side says it'll be impossible to get decent quality video delivered over 2.5G, but we're hoping to be pleasantly surprised.
ROK's expected to add an extra roster of 'premium' channels later this month, followed by a 'box office' offering on-demand movies.
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