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Spb TV: TV on smartphones gets real, subscription-free

Spb releases an application for Windows Mobile smartphones that allows for watching TV on the device without having to pay for a subscription.

Back when I still had the ATT Tilt, I thought it was uncool that I had to pay about $10 a month to watch TV on the phone via a high-speed Internet connection. This is one of the reasons I moved on to an iPhone 3G.

However, if you haven't given up on Windows Mobile smarthphones yet, hang on, because I have some good news.

Spb Software, a Windows Mobile platform developer that makes online games and services for smartphones, announced Tuesday its new standalone application called Spb TV.

The application is essentially a mobile TV player with onscreen controls for volume and backlight, and integration of TV functionality with other mobile features such as messages, calls, and battery life monitoring. It features fast channel switching, intelligent stream correction, and even has the picture-in-picture mode.

Most importantly, Spb TV is subscription-free and is an international live mobile TV solution. The app was developed to take advantage of faster wireless networks including 3G and WiMax. However, it also works with Wi-Fi if your phone has this feature.

Features of the application include:

The picture-in-picture mode of the Spb TV. Spb
  • TV browser with quick channel preview and list of current and upcoming TV shows for fast channel selection and switching
  • Integrated full week's TV guide
  • Ability to set Outlook reminders for TV shows of interest
  • Picture-in-picture mode (channel preview while in another channel)
  • Finger-friendly onscreen controls
  • Full support of hardware buttons controls
  • Network bandwidth fluctuation support
  • Integration of mobile TV functionality with other mobile phone features

Spb TV was actually first introduced to the market in September 2008 as a main feature of Spb Online. Now you have a chance to get it separately.

The Spb TV app is compatible with smartphones running Windows Mobile 5 or later that supports qVGA, VGA, Square QVGA, and WVGA screen resolutions. The full version of Spb TV costs $14.95. You can also get a free version of it with fewer features.