V Cast Mobile TV finally comes to SF

Better late than never, but Verizon's TV service arrives in San Francisco.

After a long, long wait (two and a half years, to be exact), Verizon Wireless finally switched on V Cast Mobile TV in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Fresno.

Unlike the carrier's V Cast streaming-video service, V Cast Mobile TV uses a portion of the UHF spectrum. The result is a stunning viewing experience that mimics that of your home TV, albeit on a much smaller screen. Powered by Media Flo technology, V Cast Mobile TV transmits at 30 frames per second (V Cast streaming video caps out at 15fps). Also, because the TV signal is independent of the regular CDMA or EV-DO signals, you don't need any bars to watch the programming.

V Cast Mobile TV is limited to a selection of Verizon phones--right now it's just the LG Voyager and the Motorola Krave ZN4--and the service will cost you $25 per month. For programming details, check out Verizon's V Cast Mobile TV site.

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