Q&A with Phillip Alvelda, MobiTV’s CEO


Phillip Alvelda, MobiTV’s CEO, is having a great day, and you could hear it in his voice. His mobile TV company just received a $70 million fund to grow the company.

Phillip discussed a few interesting moves with me, including a plan to push the company’s service on PC’s (it’s already available over WiFi), which will be announced in August. That service could possibly challenge place-shifting in the wireless domain. And with all those content deals, well maybe Qualcomm can step-up and buy them for some premium dollars!

Q. We heard a bit about the company’s plans to work on PCs, is part of the fund going toward this?

A. The WiFi deal with AT&T is commercial today, at the company’s some 20,000 hotspots. A bigger deal will be announced in August with PC products, but we’re not giving details on that right now. Our goal is not just to work over cell phones. The real issue is that there has been overwhelming demand for our product. When we look out, we see a huge greenfield.

Q. What are your mobile broadcast plans. You’re already testing DVB-H. What about MediaFLO and WiMAX? What else?

A. Our mantra from the early days is to be network technology agnostic. We have trials in the U.S., U.K., Europe with various technologies. WiMAX is really taking off. We are also guided by our partners and what they think will show a strong demand.

Q. What is your relationship with Qualcomm?

A. With Qualcomm we’ve been working on BREW for a long time. We’re like a gold or platinum BREW developer. We’ve had a great relationship on that front. MediaFLO is a different beast–they are taking a go-it-alone approach for that.

Q. A Qualcomm acquisition might make a nice exit and partnership for you guys?

A. Agreed, everyone would all love something like that. Though, this is obviously just speculation.



The whole Place shifting thing is seems to be the hottest stuff in Home Entertainment and consumer Electronics space . after Sling ,Sage and Mobi Tv now San Mateo based Snappy Multimedia (www.snappymultimedia.com ) also wants to have a slice of the place shifting Pie . they have recently launched their warless video streamer product called HAVA .

I had a hard time choosing a place shifting device for me . finally I settled for HAVA . I placed order on snappy website and I received my HAVA Device Today and based on my initial experience with set up and Video Quality I can safely say that there quality is far superior than that of sling and with the added benefit of having the ability to use HAVA over wireless LAN choosing HAVA is a no brainier .

They have promised to come up with a windows Mobile client soon . That’s one more reason to spend my bucks on HAVA.

with so much competition its unlikely that sling can remain “King Of the Hill ” for a long time . There recent announcement of encrypting the stream was a major reason in my deciding to go with Hava. I am curious to see how executives of sling going to react to that

Jesse Kopelman

If it is formated properly video looks fine, especially on a smart phone or PDA. I have heard people are already using Orb and Slingbox to stream video to their phones and Alvelda did not address that threat. I think Sprint’s PDA unlimited data plan is only $25/month and even Verizon only charges $40. I think the trend will be towards more capable phones and even with data plans at current prices, device centric services that have to cater to a lowest common denominator may be in big trouble.

Rob Myles

Sounds cool, yet how does it look on a cell phone? I have given up on the intenet w\cell phone. yahoo search is not a good experience what about watching the fox news ??? maybe it is time for anothe try but watching video on a 4mb broadband connections is not so great either?


I think these guys have a great product on their hands. I can’t wait to invest when they go public.

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