Feeds

Spd improves mobile TV experience

Still spd all to watch, though

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Spd, publishers of the shell UI that makes Windows Mobile an easier pill to swallow, have launched a stand-alone streaming TV player, offering great usability and features but not a lot in the way of content.

Spd TV is a genuinely impressive TV viewing experience, with picture in picture, transparent, finger-friendly controls, fast channel switching and a programme guide that enables one to quickly establish there is nothing worth watching on the limited range of channels available, making the application technically impressive, but ultimately pointless.

Spd TV does demonstrate the irrelevance of mobile broadcast standards: if one wanted to watch TV on the move then this application proves the experience can be smooth and integrated. It will even put reminders into one's diary when items are selected in the programme guide. But the thing that makes Spd TV worth less than the $14.95 it costs is the limited range of channels available. The BBC iPlayer might not provide the same smooth experience, but it is good enough and actually offers content one might want to watch.

A demo for Windows Mobile is available from Spd, and is worth seeing for the pretty interface, but users will need more than a pretty interface to be convinced that mobile TV is worth having. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
BEST EVER broadband? Oh no you DIDN'T, Sky – ad watchdog
Rival BT moaned that claim was misleading
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.