DoCoMo and KDDI to enable mobile video on TV

8 Jan 2013

The Japanese wireless operators NTT DoCoMo and KDDI have both unveiled new services which will allow subscribers to their respective mobile TV services to watch video and listen to music on conventional TV sets. Both firms plan to introduce a dongle which will enable wireless streaming from a smartphone to a TV via the home Wi-Fi network, Dow Jones Newswires reports. DoCoMo’s mobile video users currently pay JPY525 (USD6) a month for smartphone access to movies and music videos, while the equivalent service at KDDI costs JPY590 a month. Neither of the companies is planning to charge extra for the new TV capability.

Separately, DoCoMo has also revealed plans to introduce a new dual-screen smartphone device from April, which will run on Android and feature two individual four-inch screens which can be viewed separately for multi-tasking applications or combined into a single six-inch display. The new device will be manufactured by NEC Casio Mobile Communications, The Nikkei writes.

Japan, KDDI (au), NTT DOCOMO