Half a Billion Mobile TV Viewers by 2013 [NewTeeVee]
It sounds a bit optimistic, but a new report from ABI Research predicts that by 2013, 500 million people will be watching television on their mobile devices. The digital television transition will usher in technology that allows mobile users to receive digital television signals on devices equipped to receive them. In fact, the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC) announced at the Consumer Electronics Show last month that 63 television stations have already committed to providing over-the-air broadcasts to mobile users.
But, as this article notes, mobile devices equipped with digital TV receivers won't hit the market until next year. And some mobile carriers with video services that would compete with mobile devices that could receive over-the-air TV might be disinclined to start rolling out the newer TV-ready phones.
Going from zero to 500 million in less than four years sounds ambitions to me, but with professionally produced video quickly proving itself as a killer application on the web, the sky might be the limit if it fits in your pocket while you're away from home.