Microsoft Launches Video Service for Windows Mobile Devices

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Microsoft Corp. has announced the debut of MSN Video Downloads, which provides daily television programming for many Windows Mobile-based devices.

This service will offer a wide variety of daily content, including news headlines, sports highlights, children’s programming, music videos, independent films and comedy shows.

Content partners include MSNBC.com, Food Network, FOX Sports and IFILM Corp.

“The proliferation and growth of video service providers will serve to fill the existing video content void and increase adoption of portable multimedia players such as Windows Mobile-based devices,” said Josh Martin, associate research analyst at IDC.

Microsoft People subscribing to the premium service will be able to select the content they want to receive from the web site. Digital videos are downloaded daily to a Windows Media Player 10 library, ready to be synchronized with Smartphones and Pocket PCs that support Windows Media Player 10 Mobile. The content can also be viewed on Portable Media Centers.

A one-year premium membership to the MSN Video Downloads service with access to all available videos is $19.95. In addition, people can access a limited amount of free content without a paid membership.

To learn more or sign up for the service, visit the MSN Video Downloads web site.

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