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FOX Brings Bitbop to Android, with Some Hurdles

Written on September 15, 2010 by Adam Eve

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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.

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