It looks like Slingbox owners aren't the only ones able to enjoy live television content on the go anymore. Popular mobile television provider MobiTV has just introduced their application and service to the iPhone and iPod Touch. The MobiTV service currently offers their content of live and on demand content to several mobile carriers throughout the country with subscription paid options to enjoy their lineup of entertainment. Programming is fairly diverse and it's likely you'll see a few of your favorite channels in their lineup. The 8 live channels found on the iPhone app include MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, ESPN, Disney, ABC Mobile, CNBC and Fox Business. Beyond that, you'll find additional channels offering on demand content from a vast library of shows. Some of the full episodes you can find include Colbert Report, Real Word, Daily Show and popular prime time show from CBS, NBC and ABC like CSI, Lost and 30 Rock.
While the app is free to download, to get the full MobiTV experience will require in app purchases to subscribe to the service. Expect to pay $9.99 a month, $24.99 for 3 months or $44.99 for 6 months.
The free version of MobiTV will provide access to one live channel (ABC News) and dozens of on demand clips that range from movie trailers, news clips and snippets from shows and cartoons. The shows do stream on 3G but the image quality will vary depending on your coverage with AT&T. Here in the Bay Area, it did tend to feel a bit jerky at times. WiFi was optimal with much sharper quality.
The app's user interface is familiar to anyone that has used the on screen channel guide on a television. Shows can be accessed using the standard programming grids and tapping the screen can bring up the scrubber to fast forward or rewind through on demand content. Thumbnails at the bottom of the screen provide access to other shows within a given category.
The content lineup for MobiTV is pretty vast if you're willing to pay for monthly service. At $9.99 a month or if you think about it at 33 cents a day, getting this type of entertainment during a train or bus commute to work or killing time while waiting in a doctor's office can be fairly appealing. Fortunately the app is free to download so give it a try and see if the cost and programming lineup fits your needs.