Digital Satellite TV provider SKY Perfect Communications and NTT DoCoMo announced that the two companies have agreed to jointly field test mobile video-clip streaming services and program-related information services by integrating the 3G FOMA and SKY PerfecTV! networks. The test is scheduled from June 15, 2004 to November 30, 2004 in Japan.
The companies target commercializing the new service within fiscal 2005, which ends March 31, 2006, after evaluating market needs, business models for commercial service, and technical / usage results from the trial.
During the trial, monitors residing in the Kanto Koshinetsu region with DoCoMo FOMA handsets will be able to watch SKY PerfecTV! live and archived program video-clips streamed via the M-stage V-Live service, as well as view information about programs aired on SKY PerfecTV! using i-appli.
People who wish to serve as monitors must own a DoCoMo FOMA 900i series handset with subscription to the i-mode and M-stage V-Live services, as well as a subscription to SKY PerfecTV!. 3,000 users will be selected to monitor the program-related service including the 300 users chosen to also monitor the video-clip streaming service. For more details, please see the press release Here.