CNBC Europe has started live streaming to mobile phones in Europe (the Italian version has been doing it for a year now).
The service, available weekdays across 20 countries in Europe, costs Euro 3 per day or Euro 15 per month for personal use.
The video signal usually runs between 11 and 17 seconds after the ordinary TV broadcast feed.
The transmission mechanism: “When a video starts, the server transmits the content at a low frame rate to ensure that the stream can begin quickly, and starts filling the buffer with the next few seconds of video. The server then monitors both the speed of the connection and the amount of data stored on the client’s buffer. When the buffer is full, it switches to a higher frame rate — giving the user a better quality recording.”