Microsoft launches mobile video download service

Unless it is free, I am just not interested in paying for any sort of video on my mobile. No really, I just don’t care! While I think it is great that some companies want to travel down this road, I am just not that convinced that it is going to really motivate me to investigate it at all.

Microsoft Corp. has launched a video download service that offers daily television programming, entertainment clips and other digital content for viewing on Windows Mobile-based devices, it said Wednesday.

The MSN Video Downloads service draws on content from Microsoft partners such as CinemaNow Inc., and TiVo Inc., allowing subscribers to watch video on their smart phones, Pocket PCs and Portable Media Centers.

The service was previewed in January at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, showing how users can download specially formatted content to their PCs and then transfer it to devices running Windows Mobile software. For the final launch the service has been updated to allow subscribers to select specific content to be downloaded each day, Microsoft said. Users can also turn on an automatic deleting feature that vets files according to how long they have been stored on their PCs, it said. [Read the rest]