A recent episode of The Digital Production Buzz Podcast had the hosts positively gushing over US and A start-up MobiTV, who are offering wireless subscribers in the Americas live television on their mobiles through their carrier for a mere $9.95 USD/month.
The service isn’t yet available for me, but I can get Fido’s official 3G streaming video option for a slightly less reasonable $15/month — and only using one of their locked handsets, of course.
Or I can pay nothing and install Vimio, which is exactly what I did!
I first heard about Vimio from a fellow WordPress blogger. The company seems to be based in Ireland and possibly Sweden. Why is this important? Read on…
I think the CityTV they’re offering here is the one in Ireland — not my local station. Likewise, “Comedy” is neither Comedy Central or Canada’s copycat Comedy Network. Near as I can tell, it’s devoted exclusively to these cartoons.
There is no detailed information about available data streams, only a choice of these three “quality” settings.
Here’s what the Beeb looks like on “low” — not the greatest, but usable over an EDGE connection at least.
If you’re willing to endure a few more of these screens…
You’ll be rewarded with much better video on the high quality setting. Vimio has also built-in a thoughtful shortcut to toggle full-screen viewing on and off — all I have to do is press the centre D-pad on my E71.
With just a few more available channels Vimio’s Live TV player could well become a killer app for S60 mobiles, and even with their current selection it’s still a must-have. Just be sure you’ve got a generous data plan…
9 responses to “Vimio – The Mobile TV App Your Carrier Doesn’t Want You to Know About”
Great review, thanks!
Right back at ya — now, how about some more channels? 😎
This is actually the 2nd Vimio story I’ve read today, which is kinda freaky:
Here’s an article on how to create video optimized for upload to Vimio from the LA Final Cut user group…
[…] truly a killer app, Vimio Live tv | A few day back i was reading a review of vimio live tv for Andrew Currie in his review hey wrote ”a thoughtful shortcut to toggle full-screen viewing on and off — […]
I thought of giving Vimio a try a couple of months back… couldnt get thru to their site… tried again now… still cant get thru…
Im pretty certain its not just me http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/www.vimiotv.com 😉
can you pls confirm if you can still access their services on your phone?
On the computer I use Livestation ( http://www.livestation.com ) … would sure like to have something similar for my E71 … or atleast some other way of playing streaming content.
Hey Sajal, thanks for the heads-up — it does indeed seem that the service is down, and ditto for their site:
Well, that didn’t take long… 😕
I had issues with registering at the get go. Then staff helped me and I was fine until their service went down. Now I cant reach the help desk and cant watch TV. Same result for their site 😦
FYI Symbian Guru brings news of a new TV streaming app from Spb Software House – click here to read more…
I think they have gone bust!