You may know about the Bitbop mobile TV service that launched recently on BlackBerry devices. Well, the FOX owned Bitbop is now also available on Android devices. This new announcement pits Bitbop against other popular mobile TV services such as Netflix and Hulu.
The TV subscription service will cost you $9.99 a month and you will be able to watch full TV shows on your mobile phone. The best part: no commercial breaks while the TV episodes are being streamed.
Does Bitbop have what it takes to compete against the best mobile TV services out there?
Right now it looks as if Bitbop is coming up a bit short in terms of volume of content available. Though it offers a large bouquet of networks, some popular shows available on Hulu are unavailable at the moment, particularly ones from the biggest cable networks.
But it must also be said that Bitbop has content from Viacom and CBS, which Hulu or others do not have. However users can access Hulu Plus for the same $9.99 a month and get a much wider array of shows to choose from.
Right now Bitbop mobile TV will only be available on Android devices such as the Droid 2, Droid X, Nexus One, Incredible, EVO 4G and the Droid, in addition to the BlackBerry devices. So, unless Bitbop is available for the Apple iOS, it will not be a level playing field with the rest of the competition.
Another reason why you may want to part with the $9.99 every month is that this service allows you to download shows and not just stream them. Services like Hulu are stream-only. Bitbop has a cutomised video codec which enables you to watch content smoothly irrespective of the connection speeds.