Japanese iPhone 3G customers will get a treat: a little gadget that receives the 1-Seg mobile terrestrial digital audio/video and data broadcasting service and sends it out in WiFi signals. The 1-Seg gadget also works as a battery extender when connected via the iPhone 3G’s dock connector. Very nice. Mobile TV is quite popular in South Korea as well. I don’t know how people do it but they are able to dodge poles and people while their eyes are glued to their mobile phones!
1-Seg broadcasts use H.264 video with AAC+SBR audio encapsulated in a MPEG2 Transport Stream at a bit-rate of 416kbps. The iPhone is more than capable of decoding and displaying H.264 video and AAC audio and its WiFi will easily eat up 416kbps. 1-Seg video has a pixel format of just 320 x 240. Hopefully the video will look much better than what we see via YouTube.
[tags]iPhone, iPhone 3G, Japanese iPhone 3G, Softbank, 1-Seg, 1-Seg Tuner, 1-Seg WiFi Tuner[/tags]