mobile cuts out the middle man

Online video is big, and video on your phone is going to be bigger. You have your phone on you at all times and so you can watch whatever video you want to, whenever you want to.

Youtube has announced that it will be offer access to their videos through mobile devices. Liv.tv was launched in July 2007 to allow users to view and ahre videos on their cell phones. Adobe released Flash Lite 3, a program that enables cell phone makers to provide customers with a complete web browsing experience off their phones, including videos.

The possibilities for mobile video publishing by journalists, whether citizen journalists or professional journalists are also burgeoning. Anyone can create a video using their cell phone, and uploading your content onto a website is also relatively easy.

Breaking news can be recorded on your mobile phone, uploaded and watched on a video sharing space, like Youtube or syndicated to a news website. It’s simple, easy and it cuts out the middle man. No longer are audiences given material that has been edited and checked over by sub-editors, editors and various other gatekeepers. It allows audiences to see what is actually going on, with little mediation.  

In Myanmar, Burma, the internet and mobile phones have played an important part in getting information out of the country since the government began restricting visas to journalists. A slew of Burma blogs and live footage, caught with mobile phones have been published to inform the public about the crisis.

After large fires in California, many news organisations used user generated content that was captured on mobile devices for their live footage. Media benefited byhaving mroe people on the ground. More eyes to see what is going on. And more footage to use.

Big media companies like Reuters have started to harness the potential that mobile media has to offer, collaborating on a project with Nokia called Reuters Mobile Journalism. The Nokia N95 will be packaged with a tripod, keyboard and solar charger, as a built-in camera and video recorder.

While this technology is initially aimed at journalists, the potential for citizens to exploit this is slowly developing.

How mobile media will change the role of professional journalism and facilitate greater citizen reporting remains to be seen.

To check out an example of mobile reporting check out Voices of Africa.


3 Responses to “mobile cuts out the middle man”

  1. May 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    A whiff of the modern cell phone

    Live streaming is also becoming a big thing in the video-to-phone arena. This is especially exciting for South Africans living abroad who should be able to stream the 2010 World Cup as it happens in South Africa.

    I’m especially keen to be able to get live music concerts streamed to my phone as they happen. The development of cell-phone technology is unstoppable; however, the idea that a modern day phone can emit the scent of your significant other when they call is both exciting and somewhat disturbing. Read the full story here.

    Inspector Gadget

  2. 2 kelescheppers
    May 18, 2008 at 1:10 am

    I agree Tracey, are we compromising quality at the expense of quantity? New media developers can be so keen for media technology development but there are few quality-surveillance policies in place in most institutions.

  3. May 19, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Web based video streaming shows no signs of slowing down and mobile video streaming is only getting more popular by the day. It will be interesting to see what consumers are doing with their mobiles by 2010!

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