Here’s an interesting take on why mobile TV has not taken off in the U.S.
It’s our dearth of public transportation, reports the Wall St. Journal (note that the Journal is behind a firewall and may charge you to read this story).
"Many Americans are driving when they aren’t at home or at work—and less able to watch TV on the go than users in countries where public transportation is more widely used," the story says. One analyst estimates there will be 12.8 million mobile TV subscribers in North America this year, while worldwide there will be 178.4 million customers of such services, the article adds.
The lack of acceptance means that chip maker Qualcomm could give up its six-year effort to bring TV to mobile phones, with the company saying it’s considering "a number of alternatives" for its FLO TV wireless network, which powers mobile-TV services from AT&T and Verizon Wireless, the article adds. A company spokeswoman declined to elaborate.