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A Cheaper Alternative to a Mobile TV Phone

On Feb. 11, mobile software company PacketVideo has released a much less expensive alternative to a dedicated mobile TV phone. Its PocketVideo Mobile Broadcast Receiver (MBR) is a tiny gadget the size of a matchbox. The device, which is expected to sell for around $100, lets any phone receive mobile TV and audio programs.

Until today, consumers wishing to catch mobile TV broadcasts were forced to purchase special, mobile TV-enabled handsets, such as LG’s VX9400 from Verizon Wireless. These phones have typically sold for around $200, and have also required users to renew their service contracts for another two years.

On Feb. 11, mobile software company PacketVideo has released a much less expensive alternative. Its PacketVideo Mobile Broadcast Receiver (MBR) is a tiny gadget the size of a matchbox. The device, which is expected to sell for around $100, lets any phone receive mobile TV and audio programs.