Bitbop Delivers On-Demand TV and Movies to Smart Phones for $10 per Month
Not a fan of paying $1.99 per episode or more for flicks? A new service from Fox Mobile will also let you stream or download TV shows and movies to the iPhone, Android devices, and BlackBerrys (15 handsets in all). And it’s not just Fox content. During a quick demo at CTIA we saw The Office as one of the choices in the straightforward Browse menu and an episode of Parks and Recreation playing on a BlackBerry Bold. Discovery is another partner. Video playback was smooth, and you can connect via Wi-Fi or 3G, though there weren’t any movies to choose from in the beta build we saw. What you don’t get is live content, like breaking news and sports, which is what pricier FLO TV offers.
We know what you’re thinking. 10 bucks a month is a little steep, especially with mobile Flash around the corner. However, with Comedy Central pulling content from Hulu and others questioning the ad-based video delivery biz in general, bitbop could be onto something. In other words, there’s a reason why Apple is reportedly investigating video subscriptions and/or lower per-episode prices, and it looks like it will have some competition.
What I wonder now is if a Hulu app (the service is backed by Fox and NBC) is now off the table.