Some cell phones to get live NCAA tournament games

Mar 18, 2009

(AP) -- March Madness is in the air. To be more specific, it's on airwaves that certain AT&T and Verizon Wireless phones can pick up, letting them show live NCAA basketball tournament games this season.

It's the first time the will be available through AT&T, which launched live mobile TV service last May though Qualcomm Inc.'s MediaFLO service.

AT&T subscribers with certain phones will be able to view all 63 NCAA live, the company said Wednesday. Customers at Verizon Wireless, which had some games available last year, will be able to see 27. AT&T is a sponsor of the tournament, which accounts for the difference.

Both companies charge $15 per month for mobile TV, but AT&T is offering a two-month free trial of the service.

Only a handful of phones have the special receivers needed for the broadcasts. Examples are the LG Vu and Samsung Eternity sold by AT&T and the LG Voyager sold by Verizon Wireless.

AT&T's flagship phone, the iPhone from Apple Inc., doesn't have a MediaFLO receiver, but there's another way to watch live games on that phone. MobiTV Inc. has made an application available for the iPhone and iPod Touch that shows live games throughout the college basketball season for $4.99. However, it works only in Wi-Fi hot spots, not over the iPhone's cellular data connection. Game clips and audio will be available over cellular.

Many Sprint Nextel Corp. phones have access to MobiTV, but their owners are out of luck: The live NCAA streams are only for iPhones and iPods.

©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Explore further: Gadget Watch: Whistle, a fitness tracker for dogs

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Samsung SCH-n330 Vibrate to the Beat of the Ring Tone

Apr 29, 2005

Verizon Wireless and Samsung announced the availability of the SCH-n330, a must-have wireless phone for younger on-the-go trendy consumers. This sleek and distinctive pop-up screen with its steel blue accenting ...

Samsung and Verizon Wireless Announce SCH-a890

Jan 22, 2005

Samsung and Verizon Wireless today announced the February 1 availability of the SCH-a890, the first wireless handset from Samsung for Verizon Wireless' VCAST service - the nation's first 3G wireless multimedi ...

Recommended for you

Japan's digital eyes show your emotions for you

Apr 21, 2014

Can't be bothered to show anyone what you're thinking? Then a Japanese scientist has the answer—a pair of digital eyes that can express delight and anger, or even feign boredom.

Review: With Galaxy S5, Samsung proves less can be more

Apr 20, 2014

Samsung Electronics Co. has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5S: the Galaxy S5. The device, released over the weekend, is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

Google+ boss leaving the company

The executive credited with bringing the Google+ social network to life is leaving the Internet colossus after playing a key role there for nearly eight years.

Facebook woos journalists with 'FB Newswire'

Facebook launched Thursday FB Newswire, billed as an online trove of real-time information for journalists and newsrooms to mine while reporting on events or crafting stories.

Genetic legacy of rare dwarf trees is widespread

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have found genetic evidence that one of Britain's native tree species, the dwarf birch found in the Scottish Highlands, was once common in England.