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Wireless Mobile Live TV

Frank Ahrens

You can watch episodes of TV shows online as soon as the closing credits roll. Or on your iPod.

With a Slingbox , you can watch your recorded TV anywhere there's Internet access, on your laptop or handheld device. If you have the right mobile device, Slingbox lets you watch TV live, as well.

Now, the television networks want everybody to be be able to effortlessly watch live TV on your mobile device.

So said ABC topper Anne Sweeney at a media conference today in New York.

Reuters has pulled together a bunch of media heavy-hitters -- Warner Music's Edgar Bronfman, Disney movie head Dick Cook, IAC honcho (and WashPostCo director) Barry Diller -- to opine on the digital future of the media industry. (And probably to swap decorating tips for their Aspen homes, but that's another matter.)

Sweeney said wireless growth is "critical" to the TV networks' bottom lines and predicted that live, mobile TV will be available widespread to Americans within 12 to 18 months. It's already a daily experience in Asian nations such as South Korea.

Here's the Reuters story on Sweeney's presentation.

And here's good news for those of us in the reporting racket: Diller says there's money to be made in online journalism.

By Frank Ahrens  |  November 29, 2006; 5:16 PM ET  | Category:  Frank Ahrens
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