Maybe I watch a little bit of TV, but not enough to understand the buzz at each of the major trade shows I attended recently. First it was the 3GSM World Congress, where all the handset makers declared that they were ready to integrate the technology need to pull in and display TV signals. Then it was CTIA, where the operators said that they were conducting trials of TV broadcast or were on the verge of doing so. Finally, at Supercomm, the infrastructure equipment vendors claimed that they were ready to implement TV over the Internet, aptly named IPTV.
My question is, what's fueling this mad dash to the TV finish line? The best answer I can come up with is that it's a way to increase the average revenue per user, affectionately known as the ARPU.
From a technology standpoint, it's fascinating, especially when you look at the power issues it brings up. With the display being one of the key power consumers, how long can you watch TV before the battery runs down?
Remember, it's still a phone first, and you need ample battery energy to make or receive that one important call.