Nearly every day, it seems, I hear about a new mobile video application or service. Yesterday, it was PrimeTime2Go for BlackBerrys. Today, it was Poptiq for BlackBerrys. (Hey, it’s not all about the iPhone!) If you’re anything like me, you’re probably having trouble keeping them all straight. Here’s a list of video apps that I like — and a few that I’d like to try.
Ones I’ve Tried:
TV.com: Want to watch full episodes of your favorite TV show on your iPhone? Then this app is for you — as long as your favorite shows are on CBS, the CW, or Showtime. OK, it’s a bit limited, but TV.com is still a good offering. It streams full episodes of shows over 3G, EDGE and Wi-Fi networks (though some shows will only work over Wi-Fi).
SlingPlayer Mobile: This application lets you connect to your Slingbox and watch its contents right from your Windows Mobile or BlackBerry smartphone. I’m just waiting for the iPhone version to arrive, if it ever does.
Flixster: I can’t help it. I have a weakness for movie trailers — or maybe I just have a really short attention span. Either way, this free iPhone app works for me. It lets you view movie trailers for new releases, upcoming movies, and those coming out on DVD. You also can search for theaters and buy tickets online, but those features aren’t as interesting to me.
Joost: I’ve spent some time playing with Joost, and I really like it. Unfortunately, I fear it will disappear if Joost the company does. This free iPhone app has a library of 46,000 videos — clips, full episodes of TV shows, and even full-length (though older) movies that you can watch right on your phone. Right now, it only works over Wi-Fi, though a 3G version has been rumored for a while.
AT&T CV: OK, this service didn’t wow me when I reviewed it a few months back. But I still think it has potential. It offers a mix of video clips and full episodes of select TV shows. But it’s not cheap: You’ll need either a MEdia Max Unlimited bundle ($35 per month) or MEdia New Unlimited bundled ($15 per month) to access CV.
Sprint TV: Yes, Sprint, too, has a mobile TV service. It, too, offers a mix of packaged clips and live TV on compatible phones. But this one differentiates itself from the others through Sprint’s deal with the NFL, which allows subscribers to watch certain NFL football games live on their phone.
Not Tested, But Interesting:
Lifecasting: No, the iPhone doesn’t have video-recording capabilities, but you can still use your phone to create an MP4 video with this 99-cent app. Formerly known as FunSlides, it lets you create MP4 movies from your photos, complete with audio narration, which can be uploaded directly to YouTube.
V Cast Mobile TV: Like AT&T’s service, this one from Verizon Wireless offers a mix of short video clips and full-length TV episodes. It also offers live television in some areas of the country, but requires a compatible handset and a V Cast data plan, which adds either $15 or $25 per month to your phone bill.
PrimeTime2Go: This brand-spanking-new service looks intriguing. For $7.99 a month, users of new BlackBerry phones (the Curve 8900 and the Bold) will be able to watch full episodes of certain TV shows (including Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, 90210, and more) on their phones. I’m just wondering if it will be worth the price.
Poptiq: Already available on the iPhone, Poptiq is now coming to BlackBerrys. It sends videos to your phone via the Internet; I’m not entirely sure how well it will work, but I’m curious to find out. Two versions are available for the iPhone: a free Lite version, and a $3.99 full version. The iPhone version works over Wi-Fi networks only.
Qik: Why watch other people’s videos when you can broadcast your own? That’s the allure of Qik, a service which lets you stream live video from your phone to your friends and family — and even the world at large. Qik automatically archives your videos, and will even help you upload them to YouTube. The service works with a wide variety of phones, including various BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phones. Its similar to rival services like Flixwagon and Kyte, both of which I’d like to check out, too.
I’m reserving a spot on my list for Hulu, which reportedly has an iPhone app in the works. And I’m sure there will be even more mobile video options coming tomorrow, or the next day, or the day after that.