More Cities Added to Verizon Mobile TV Network

Verizon Wireless has extended its VCast Mobile TV service into eight new U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

The wireless company headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J. launched its live mobile television service in 22 markets in March. The other new markets available are Atlanta, Indianapolis, Orlando, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Topeka, Kan.

VCast Mobile TV, which is based on Qualcomm's MediaFLO technology, is available on two cellular phones, Samsung SCH-U620 and the LG VX9400, for a monthly cost of about $15. The service includes eight channels, including CBS Mobile, Comedy Central, ESPN, Fox Mobile, MTV, NBC 2Go, NBC News 2Go, Nickelodeon.

The markets for the initial launch included Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Seattle, as well as Portland, Ore.; Tuscon, Ariz.; Omaha and Lincoln, Neb.; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.; Palm Springs, Calif.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Wichita, Kan.; Norfolk-Richmond, Va.; and Spokane, Wash.