Live TV streaming coming to iPhone

Livestation, a product originally from Microsoft research has announced plans to bring free live streaming of TV to the iPhone.

In a video posted on the Livestation website, CEO Matteo Berlucchi demonstrates a preview of the software. Currently the application will only work on Wi-Fi as operators "would not be happy" with the bandwidth consumption. The app is designed for iPod Touch and iPhone devices of all generations. Channels take approximately 10 seconds to buffer during which time Livestation may include adverts whilst the user waits.

Currently Livestation is working on the quality of the release and their focus is on the technology rather than a release date. There is no current release date and Berlucchi revealed the company is in discussions with Apple at the moment.

Livestation claims this is the first implementation of live TV streaming on the iPhone but Orb is currently available on the AppStore and will stream TV providing you have a TV card in your PC.

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THis is more about LiveStation and them porting their client to the iPhone than it is about TV on a phone.

TV on phone has been available even in the US for nearly 4 or 5 years now from a couple of providers. Verizon was one of the first if I remember right.

Cell phone TV in asian markets is very common, and in Europe is fairly common in most countries as well.

This isn't anything new, other than the technology of LiveStation, which is using Microsoft media technologies to dump live feeds of broadcasts easily and multi-plex the delivery of channels so that there is less delay when switching channels.

The LiveStation content has already been running Windows Mobile, btw.

If you want TV on your phone, go to WalMart pick out a free phone from Verizon, etc, and pay the $10 a month fee, it is really that simple, and a lot of people do that. You don't an iPhone or even Windows Mobile based phone. You can subscribe to either Live TV or even TV on demand content, and it works 'reasonably' well even in non 3G areas, and is quite nice in 3G areas.

BTW I don't know why they would not be targeting the 3G market use for this technology, unless ATT is having trouble with 3G saturation already. 3G can stream DVD quality Video using Microsoft Media codecs, and on 4G can deliver HD 720p content. So I don't understand the wifi requirement unless it is something ATT or Apple is preventing.

Haha. That was exactly what I was thinking. The battery life of iPhone is already terrible, why would someone want to watch TV with it?

we've got bbc iplayer on the iphone in the uk which kicks ass but more to choose from ius always welcome!

Can't this already be done with ORB? I haven't tried it yet though as the broadcast side of this is windows only.

Edit: oops missed this from the end of the article (or the article was edited?) :-)

This is exactly what North America is missing.. TV on your phone. Can't wait to have this streaming on my iPhone! I wonder if they are going to allow non-US users to use this.

Having TV on your mobile phone is almost a standard in countries like South Korea

lylesback2 said,
This is exactly what North America is missing.. TV on your phone. Can't wait to have this streaming on my iPhone! I wonder if they are going to allow non-US users to use this.

Having TV on your mobile phone is almost a standard in countries like South Korea


Um... I already have TV on my cell phone, and I don't need Wi-Fi.

lylesback2 said,
This is exactly what North America is missing.. TV on your phone.


Uhhh, AT&T already has a mobile TV feature on the LG Vu.

roadwarrior said,
Uhhh, AT&T already has a mobile TV feature on the LG Vu.

On how many of their phones? Tell me how many people you see on the street / subway / wherever watching tv on their phones. Go to a place like South Korea and they will laugh at your phone for not having that option.

Someone I know whos been to Korea a few times says no-one is social and everyone just sits looking into little boxes.

People are starting to not talk to each other anymore

lylesback2 said,
On how many of their phones? Tell me how many people you see on the street / subway / wherever watching tv on their phones. Go to a place like South Korea and they will laugh at your phone for not having that option.


Unlike Koreans, Americans like watching their TV on large TVs in the comfort of their living rooms, not walking down the street or riding on the subway looking at a 2" or 3" screen.

roadwarrior said,
Unlike Koreans, Americans like watching their TV on large TVs in the comfort of their living rooms, not walking down the street or riding on the subway looking at a 2" or 3" screen.


I am doing a job in Montana, and working in a non-tech environment of people and about 3 out of 10 have TV enabled on their cell phones.

It has been in the US for over 4 years, and a lot of people do use it.

I agree the content is no where near the levels of some of the Asian markets, as the US phones are almost a generation or two behind some places, but it is US and is used.