Right in time for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2010 but not only, SPB Software has updated its Windows Mobile touchscreen and non-touchscreen version of its flagship application SPB TV to version 2.0. Due to advertising revenues support the program is now free-of-charge and subscription-free. Ads featured in SPB TV only last as long as channel buffering takes and therefore preserve the best user experience. In addition to the existing features that include quick channel previews, a TV guide for more than 150 offered channels in more than 20 languages, picture-in-picture mode, fast channel launching and switching, the new version offers also a video on demand (VOD) option
With VOD, the users can control what they are watching and when. Unlike broadcast TV, VOD provides greater choice and interactivity.
Another significant enhancement is the Advanced Video Codec (H.264) support which improves video quality. As a result even with substantial lower bitrates the resolution is strongly improved. SPB TV 2.0 also allows to watch TV with low speed mobile network connections.
SPB TV 2.0 for Windows Mobile requires Windows Mobile 5 or later and works with both Windows Phone editions - Professional (touchscreen) and Standard (non-touchscreen). It supports QVGA, VGA, HVGA and WVGA screen resolutions. The application can now be downloaded for free from SPB Software, there is also no monthly fee for using it. The application is ad-supported: an advertisement is shown every time user switches the channel while the stream is buffering.
Cheers ~ Arne