TVB Tech Alert: Livestation Enables Mobile Live TV

LONDON: Livestation, the co-developer with Microsoft of the Silverlight media player, has teamed up with a couple of tech partners to bring live TV to mobile devices. Livestation tapped London’s weComm to take live TV to mobile handsets, including Blackberry devices and those running on Google’s Android platform.

The service aggregates Livestation’s news partners, including BBC, C-Span, ITN, Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, Russia Today, France 24, Press TV, Deutsche Welle and euronews. It will be provided on a subscription basis, via the news organizations themselves or the mobile provider’s application store.

Livestation is using Akamai Technologies Ltd., network to deliver live TV to iPhones. That application went live with the BBC in 16 European counties earlier this summer. The Beeb charges 3.99 euros a month for the service. Two streams are offered: 96 kpbs on 3G/Edge and 300 kbps on WiFi.
-- Deborah D. McAdams