A US company is developing software that will enable consumers to run video from the Internet on wireless phones and handheld PCs.
The software will enable consumers to join in video conferences on the train or check home security cameras from holiday resports, for example.
Packetvideo plans to start testing its software in October, but don’t expect TV quality video just yet. Video over the Internet still does not match the picture qulity of broadcast television and the same will be true of video over a wireless Internet connection.
Packetvideo, however, claims that its aim is not to produce broadcast quality pictures, but to give consumers portable video links that will provide users with information on demand.
Currently handheld devices and mobile phones are not detailed or powerful enough to play video from the Internet, but a number of big name consumer electronics companies are hard at work on suitable gadgets.
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