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HP: mobile TV not ready for prime time

Marc Perton

HP has weighed in on the issue of whether consumers are ready to watch TV on their cellphones, and has answered with a resounding "no." The company has declared that it has no plans to add any 3G features -- especially video -- to its smartphones until at least next year, with one of the company's Asia-Pacific execs declaring that a cellphone screen is "too small for 'Desperate Housewives'… [and] you won't be watching a full football or cricket match." Of course, given that HP doesn't manufacture its own smartphones, what the company thinks may have less impact than what features companies like HTC decide to include on their smartphones. And, whether HP likes it or not, Windows Mobile smartphones are already video-capable, even if downloading via non-3G networks makes getting those vids a chore.

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