When I got up this morning I, along with all other CanWest MediaWorks VideoPlayer beta testers, had an email informing us that the beta trial was coming to an end, however, CamWest is about to unveil their commercial product, bbTVTM.
If I am honest, I was not all the impressed with the CanWest’s VideoPlayer. In fact, I was kind of disappointed. Needless to say, I would not pay for bbTV even if I lived in Canada. The graphic at the top of this post is kind of telling. The video quality of VideoPlayer is just a tad bit better than that. Having to download entire video clips to your 8700 or 7130 is not the way to go either. Download times were not too bad on Verizon here in the States, but pretty horrible, from what I hear, on just about every other carrier.
CanWest and Sona Mobile, I give you props for being the first to offer Multimedia on the BlackBerry, however, you should get a team of engineers to figure out how to make your video stream and flat out look better. If there is ever a plan for bbTV to fly in the U.S., take a look at V Cast from Verizon, Sprint TV, and the ESPN phone. You will see that you still have a lot of work to do.