FOX Brings Bitbop to Android, with Some Hurdles
Bitbop seems dedicated to solely providing mobile TV viewing, and might be tying its hands by not attempting to expand beyond handheld devices. For now, the app could be a solid mobile TV solution for Android users, but a Hulu app for Android is expected by the end of the year.
Earlier this summer, a mobile TV subscription service — Bitbop — was launched exclusively on Blackberry devices. This time, the FOX-owned company has taken a step forward as it makes its service available on Android devices. For $9.99 per month, BlackBerry and Android users can now subscribe to watch full television episodes on their mobile devices.
However, Bitbop faces some serious obstacles from popular competitors. For one; Hulu features dozens of shows from the four big cable networks, while Bitbop just had a few. Another; users can chip in to Hulu Plus and view from the service’s larger catalogue of shows for the same price. Being available only for RIM and Android devices, and with a limited index, the $9.99 monthly fee can be hefty of a price.
Fox Mobile Group’s director of communication, Jose Zavala, says that the company intends to expand beyond these devices and hopes to include Apple iOS handsets. While internet enabled TVs are changing the way we enjoy watching television shows and movies, Bitbop seems to dedicated solely in providing mobile TV viewing.View Article Source »