QuickPlay Media has announced the first free video streaming service for BlackBerry smartphones from Research In Motion. VideoStreams features a variety of entertainment content, including music videos, comedy, horoscopes and extreme sports, and is available immediately to customers in the United States and Canada. Although the service is free, data charges from carriers may apply.
Initially available on the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 smartphone to subscribers on North American wireless carrier networks that support EV-DO, such as Sprint Nextel, Alltel Wireless, Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility, users can visit the VideoStreams Website to download the application and start using the service right away. Videos are streamed directly to the smartphone so no on-device storage is required. The service also includes a “send to a friend” feature to allow users to share video clips with friends and family.
QuickPlay currently offers streaming audio services for BlackBerry smartphones via QuickPlayer Audio, an audio-streaming service introduced for the BlackBerry platform. QuickPlay also offers a white label video streaming solution for mobile operators that enables them to provide a custom-branded service to their customers with content from their partners, from QuickPlay partners, or from a combination of both.