Watching streaming movies on your cell phone

Sprint announced today that customers can watch streaming movies on their cell phones.

I just don’t see this happening. For $4-$6, depending on the movie, you can watch it stream on to your tiny screen and listen on tinny speaker(s). I own the Samsung A900 that they’re using in the press for the movie service and I don’t think I get 2 hours of talk time on a full charge. Using the Internet connection (required for movie streaming) seems to drain the battery even faster.

I have watched TV and video clips (streamed from my Orb server) on the phone and it works quite nicely. I also occasionally call up movie trailers if I’m out and want to find out more about a movie. But I don’t think I’ve ever watched for longer than 5 minutes.

One thing not mentioned in the press materials is that you can’t receive calls while you’re watching a movie – your calls will go straight to voicemail.


About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is Senior Director of product at Amazon (Audible). Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. He tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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