This from MocoNews.net: mobile content news:
“In the mobile arena, BBC is planning to allow mobile phone users to watch video clips – and possibly whole programmes – on a large scale.
The BBC says its three-phase “appointment to view” plan for mobiles will begin in the next two months and should climax at the end of 2005 with the ability to use a mobile phone to record TV shows either by using it to programme a PVR or an interactive media player on a PC.
For the mobile phone operators, the BBC’s idea has one major flaw – it is free.”
Personally speaking, I don’t think the mobile operators have done enough in this space to win an argument about whether their commercial headroom is being squeezed by the BBC barging into this space. But what’s particularly interesting is how the BBC has the potential to distort any market it goes into. I don’t see how a regulator can stop that without stifling the BBC’s innovative drive, even though that innovative drive is similarly stifling other commercial efforts.