We weren’t sure what to do with the six years it’s going to take for the UK to get DVB-H mobile telly, but ROK TV has just made an attractive offer to plug the gap – it’s available today, and now works on several Sony Ericsson handsets.
The service, first formed in 2002, uses standard 2.5G networks to provide full-screen mobile TV and has been busy expanding phone support and stuff to watch. The addition of seven Sony Eric phones – including the Walkman W800i above and top all-rounder K750i – brings the total of ROK handsets to 19, including ten from Nokia.
The content’s also been boosted recently by the addition of Pop World TV, complete with Simon Amstell’s agonising interviews. It’s not quite like having Freeview in your pocket yet though. The only ‘live’ offerings are news services from CNN and ITN, with other channels like National Geographic and the Cartoon Network offering recorded content.
Still, it’s a strong alternative to current 3G TV offerings such as Sky Mobile TV on Vodafone Live! and is only available in the UK, which makes us feel special.
The ROK TV subscription service starts at £1 per channel per month, but that doesn’t include the GPRS charges from your provider. Which means using it on most tariffs is likely to inflict some hefty wallet damage unless you’re privy to a generous data bundle.
To download the software and see a full list of its compatible phones and content, head over here.