by Pravin on Friday, June 29th, 2007 in articles.
Cell phone carriers have been offering video services for a while, but the big problem is the tiny screen. I have only seen a few people watching paid videos on their phones, but I’ve seen many people watch their own videos or pictures. Apple’s iPhone promises to change some of that. It’s basically an iPod that’s become a phone, and in case you didn’t know, iPods have been video-capable for a while now. These devices have wider screens than most phones or MP3 players, but the screen dimensions are not wide-screen as in what you expect in HDTV. (Sony’s PSP does have a wide-screen that’s more in the home theater style)
A lot of people don’t see why someone would bother to watch videos on a phone. The screens are so small, so how can you possibly appreciate a good movie? The answer is that people aren’t watching movies, they’re watching episodes of TV shows, or even YouTube videos which are usually even shorter. These are all concerns that a home theater buff might have, but they’re irrelevant in the portable setting. This is actually all about taking your favorite funny videos with you to share with friends, or enjoy while you’re waiting around (or on the potty). If your lifestyle does not include significant amounts of waiting around, for example you are not a bus or train commuter, then it’s difficult to relate to this use of video.
The internet speeds that the iPhone operates at are too slow for enjoying streaming video, it’s more about downloading these things and watching them later when you get around to it. Apple also makes the Apple TV which is a set-top box for downloading videos, but their downloads are not HD yet. All of this video downloading is part of a trend that many say will make the HD DVD and Blu-ray formats insignificant in the future. The theory goes like this: (more…)