Live Streaming or Cable? BlackBerry Listen Up–We Need a PBS Live Streaming App!


There are so many options these days other than cable, and a previous post on this is here:

Netflix vs. HuluPlus vs. Amazon (Prime) Instant Video

Since this article, Hulu Plus was eliminated from my home, since I cannot deal with paying for commercials.  It’s like going to the movies and being forced to watch an ad for a product. Sorry Hulu Plus! I did remove all of the digital converter boxes from my TV sets and brought them back to my cable company with the intent to disconnect and watch the local TV channels over the air,  with streaming of Netflix on my smartTV or via my Wii,  and Amazon Prime video off of my BlackBerry PlayBook or Z10 phone.  I told them that I just wanted the internet option!  Of course, they did what they could to convince me otherwise.  They won for a while, I got $40 off my monthly bill on the infamous “triple play” with premium channels such as “Showtime”.  I went for it since I wanted to see the last season of “Dexter” and watch the last season of “Breaking Bad”.  Since there is nothing I really care to watch on premium cable, I may bring the boxes back again or ask for the “double play” at half the cost, depending on what TV channels they give me. Right now, I switch between cable and over the air. You can try using a splitter and check on the actual over the air reception near you, before making the “switch”.



The problem with over the air HD in the NYC area that has near 18 million people is that ABC and PBS are very difficult to pick up due to the low frequencies that these networks transmit their signal.  I get more over the air channels than I need with a great flexible indoor HD antenna I found at my local COSTCO.  I get 25 channels plus with great clarity.  I also get CBSNY+, and COSI TV, that carry, respectively,  all news, and 1 hour local evening news at 7 pm. If you have an old school TV you will need to get a digital converter box (in the USA) and you need to make sure your flatscreen has this conversion built into its tuner.



You can locate the over the air channels available at many sites.  See for example:

Still, I cannot get ABC or PBS over the air, but with the recent release of the ABC Live Streaming Apps on BlackBerry, I can stream ABC from my cell phone over the micro-HDMI port.  I have no problem with CBS and NBC over the air.

ABC and ABC Family Apps For BlackBerry OS 10

BlackBerry, if you get a PBS Live Streaming App so I and near 18 million NYC residents can watch  “Downton Abbey” and other shows, you will sell more phones, and I can get rid of the cable TV and phone and just get an internet provider to stream my entertainment that I can’t get over the air.

Downton Abbey–What’s The Fuss?

By the way you can stream Netflix off  your BlackBerry OS 10 Z10 or Q10 or even Dev C phones over the micro-HDMI port to your TV with a HDMI input.  Just get a cable from Amazon!

Older Android Version of Netflix Available For BlackBerry Z10


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New Mobile TV Viewing Options Added to BlackBerry World


Shows by PBS, Univision and Viacom have been added to BlackBerry World, bringing popular shows such as Downton Abbey and programming from channels such as Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon to BlackBerry’s existing video catalog.

The additional content is exclusive to BlackBerry 10 users in the US, however, and there’s no word yet on a wider international release.

These  broadcasters join those which were announced in January; ABC Studios, BBC Worldwide, CBC/Radio-Canada, CBS, DHX Media, ITV, National Geographic, NBCUniversal (UK), Nelvana, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (US), Starz Digital Media, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Univision Communications Inc, and Warner Bros.

Likewise, BlackBerry World has support from almost all of the big-name film studios and indies; 20th Century Fox, Entertainment One, Lionsgate, MGM, National Film Board of Canada, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Starz Digital Media, STUDIOCANAL, The Walt Disney Studios, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros.  The Press Release:

New TV Content Partners Launch on BlackBerry 10

PBS, Univision and Viacom bring TV favorites to BlackBerry 10

Waterloo, ON – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced the addition of new television content for BlackBerry® 10 customers in the U.S. TV shows from PBS, Univision and Viacom are now a part of the robust video catalogue available for sale on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront, bringing such favorites as COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV, Nickelodeon, PBS’s Masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey series and Spanish telenovelas.

“The momentum for BlackBerry 10 continues in the content space as more partners are looking to BlackBerry to reach new audiences and drive mobile content discovery and monetization,” said Martyn Mallick, Vice President, Global Alliances and Business Development at BlackBerry. “BlackBerry World has a wide-ranging and continuously growing catalogue that offers most movies on the day they become available on DVD and next day availability of many current TV series. We’re excited that PBS, Univision and Viacom have joined us to give customers in the U.S. access to enjoy a world of content, from the major film studios, broadcasters and TV studios and networks, in a single location.”

The BlackBerry World storefront app is preloaded on all BlackBerry 10 smartphones, offering customers one of the most robust music, TV and video catalogs in mobile today. The storefront continues to grow and diversify its movie and TV content with the best, most up-to-date series and films.

“Univision is pleased to make UVideos, the first bilingual digital video network, available on the much anticipated BlackBerry Z10. Moreover, for the first time, we will also make some of Univision’s best TV series and telenovelas available in the video store on BlackBerry World on a transactional basis,” said Kevin Conroy, President, Digital and Enterprise Development, Univision Communications Inc. “More than three quarters of the U.S. Hispanic population own a smartphone and they outpace their non-Hispanic counterparts in mobile video consumption by double digits. Mobile is where Hispanic America lives and this product launch extends Univision’s commitment to deliver the best in Hispanic programming across all platforms and devices.”

“Our audiences are increasingly turning to their smartphones to drop in on South ParkJersey Shore, or SpongeBob SquarePants in Bikini Bottom anytime, anywhere they’d like,” said Tom Gorke, Senior Vice President of Content Distribution for Viacom Media Networks. “BlackBerry 10 is a great and growing platform for audiences to catch up with their favorite shows on the go, and for Viacom to extend the expansive reach of its beloved brands.”

Now available in more than 25 countries, the BlackBerry Z10 is the first smartphone powered by BlackBerry 10, the re-designed, re-engineered, and re-invented BlackBerry platform that creates a new and unique mobile computing experience. The BlackBerry Z10 smartphone is now available for purchase or preorder in the U.S. from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile locations.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in wireless innovation, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. BlackBerry is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market(NASDAQ: BBRY) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BB). For more information, visit


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The minute plus BlackBerry ad works better for me than the 30 second version, but still the Apple ad conveys more product info in 30 Seconds:

but the 30 second version of the BlackBerry ad does not have enough product info like the above 30 sec Apple ad; maybe re-edit the 1 minute plus ad into a new 30 sec spot with more product info?:

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Would You Like Your Own App for Your Blog on BlackBerry World?

Would You Like Your Own App for Your Blog on BlackBerry World?

As a  developer for BlackBerry, we’d love to create an app for your Blog for BlackBerry World!

Drop us a line via the coordinates below.  We would need your ok to distribute your app, and an image file that you would like us to use for your Blog site.  This can be a great way to drive traffic to your blog. Drop us a line by March 14, 2013, and we’ll discount the cost at 15%.  There are near 80 million BlackBerry devices (OS 5, 6, 7, 10, PlayBook) out there!


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Oscar 2013 Top Five Predictions

I rank from top to bottom by total number of Oscars:

1. Lincoln
2. Zero Dark Thirty
3. Silver Lining Playbook
4. Life of Pi
5. Les Miserables
6. Django Unchained
7. Argo
8. Amour
9. Beast of The Southern Wild

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