Feeds

England's World Cup verdict: 'unfocused, jerky, inadequate'

And that's just the mobile videos

Seven Steps to Software Security

"You had to wait 10 minutes or so for clips - even of the penalty shoot-out," complained self-appointed mobile TV referee David Frodsham [right] of Argogroup.

He used his proprietary Monitor Master system to compare clips from T-Mobile, 3 and the BBC over ADSL. Amazingly, the ADSL stuff was only marginally better than the mobile clips.

"The tests showed that, for this particular content, an ADSL broadband connection and 3 UK’'s 3G service provided a similar quality of content, with 3’s delivery possibly edging the contest within the limits of experimental error," reported the company.

The Hutchison-owned 3 UK service had video quality which was superior to the T-Mobile service where users found it very difficult to see the ball, even when it was stationary on the penalty spot, Frodsham noted.

"These clips were adequate at best," Argogroup CEO David Frodsham said. "And while the BBC stream was free, it costs about £2 per MB to download the video over 3's network."

The company is using the mobile clip service to publicise its Monitor Master service, and after the disastrous (for England) exit from the football championship, issued a press announcement which pointed out that the software flatters the service, if anything.

"We score the quality of service of the video clips automatically, a company spokesman said. "It uses complex mathematics to produce a Mean Opinion Score (MOS) of quality, to get as close as possible to what a human would say after viewing the clip."

The MOS is expressed as a single number in the range one to five, where one is lowest perceived quality, and five is the highest perceived quality. Both 3's service and the BBC's stream scored 3.1-3.2 on this measure, meaning they are only just acceptable, even before they are delivered over a network or viewed on a handset.

According to Frodsham, a misfiring network could reduce the MOS score significantly, perhaps by as much as 20 per cent again. "And if an operator hasn'’t ensured the content works on particular handsets, the score will fall even further."

Copyright © Newswireless.net

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.