Mobile streaming services: A new way to play

Updated: July 8, 2015 4:43 PM

Old methods of enjoying video are rapidly fading and they are giving way to mobile streaming services, making for a worldwide phenomenon!

mobile streamingOld methods of enjoying video are rapidly fading and they are giving way to mobile streaming services, making for a worldwide phenomenon!

Old methods of enjoying video are rapidly fading and they are giving way to mobile streaming services, making for a worldwide phenomenon!

Within the next five years, mobile video traffic will grow to be about 60% of all mobile data traffic worldwide (Ericsson Mobility Report). With the increase in smartphone usage in recent years, India is no exception to this push for easy, on-demand video. Eros Now, a service that allows subscribers access to a huge library of videos to watch through the Web or through smartphones, has grown by 14 million users since 2012 (Wall Street Journal).

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With the cost-effective advantages of smartphones in India, streaming services are an easy way to enjoy video in an inexpensive way. However, watching this content on such a small screen limits the overall experience, as well as the ability to share with others. Solving this problem doesn’t mean spending more money on new products just to get the experience you want. Instead, there’s one easy-to-use solution: MHL technology.

MHL enables smartphones and tablets to connect to TVs and monitors, transforming your mobile device into a home entertainment system. MHL uses a single adapter or cable to connect your devices, so you can combine the convenience of a smartphone or tablet with a big screen experience. With MHL, the content on your mobile device is mirrored onto your TV, allowing you to watch your favorite movies and TV shows in a more immersive way. MHL also offers a lean-back experience with Remote Control Protocol (RCP) to control of your mobile device’s content through your TV remote. Play, pause, rewind, fast-forward—whatever you need to do, it can all be done from the comfort of your couch. And don’t worry about the drain on your mobile device. While you’re enjoying your favorite movie, MHL is providing power to your device, so when you unplug it’s fully charged and ready to go!

With MHL, you can share your favorite movies and TV shows with friends and family on a TV or monitor without sacrificing the advantages of a mobile device.

By Vipin Sawhney, India Country Manager, Silicon Image India (a Lattice Semiconductor company)

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