Samsung has become the first in India to provide live TV on its CDMA mobile phones, Corby TV and Metro TV. Samsung has launched this innovative service in partnership with Apalya Technologies – for application and content, and Tata Teleservices and Reliance Mobile – for data.
Currently, Samsung offers 40 live channels on these new mobiles and 10 channels with content on demand. The application MimobiTV Mobile TV service provides a unicast Video Streaming of live TV/recorded content where each handset gets a unique direct one-on-one TV content streaming. If you are wondering how live TV will be streamed so fast on mobile, the answer is through EVDO, which provides high speed internet with speeds upto 2.4 Mbps.
Corby TV has a large 2.8″ QVGA vibrant TFT display and a highly optimized content bit rate which enables easy streaming and a seamless TV viewing experience. The intuitive full-touch experience of the Corby provides easy access to channel selection menu through one touch widget on home screen. Corby TV supports Mobile TV streaming service in both CDMA 1X and EVDO 3G mobile networks. The handset is OMH enabled and supports all CDMA network providers who support EVDO service.
The Samsung Corby TV provides instant access to various social networking sites and has a mobile broadband capability upto 2.4 Mbps with 2 MP camera with video recording .The handset also offers 32 one touch widgets, stereo FM radio, 2000 phone book contacts and 1000 SMS storage capability and supports 8GB Micro SD card. For users of Corby Speed, Samsung is also offering free software upgrades to Corby TV.
Samsung has also launched Metro TV in the CDMA market with superior content streaming capabilities. The Metro TV boasts of mobile broadband capabilities upto 2.4 Mbps and multimedia downloads direct to the Micro SD card. With a 2″ TFT display, the Metro TV is equipped with 2MP camera with video recording and 8GB Micro SD card support. The phone provides stereo FM radio, dedicated music keys, Indian calendar, mobile prayer and 9 regional language support along with Bluetooth 2.0, English dictionary and an advanced mobile tracker and SOS alert.
In terms of data usage, for Tata customers will have Free Mobile TV Subscription for 3 months from the date of activation, plus 15GB data usage free per month, up to 2 months for Postpaid and 10GB data usage free for 2 months on Prepaid. While Reliance Mobile customer, will have the same offer but the offer will be just for one month.