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A Call From David Letterman

A Call From David Letterman
by Gary Woods

A few years ago people started being able to watch movies on their computers. At the time I said "that's crazy, it'll never catch on." Okay, so it caught on, that's why now when people are beginning to be able to watch TV on their phones I'm not weighing in on how nuts it is.

In about 25 cities Verizon has a service for $15 per month that offers 8 channels or $13 per month for 4 channels of news sports, prime-time shows including David Letterman and cartoons. To view the shows you must have a compatible phone but most of the ones I saw at Verizon had their V Cast technology, unfortunately I don't think we're one of the 25 cities.

The shows they V Cast are full length, not little snippets and they go on non-stop. The channels are a compilation of offerings from CBS, Comedy Central, ESPN, Fox, MTV, NBC Entertainment, NBC Sports and Nickelodeon. But interestingly enough some times they don't offer the same exact shows as you see on network TV because the networks don't own all the mobile broadcast right to all of their shows.

To view the shows on your phone start by pressing a button with a TV icon and up pops an electronic program guide. You navigate to the show you want to see and in seconds it appears on your screen. Happy viewing, uh, calling!

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. You can hear Gary on the Radio at 1290 AM Monday 9-10 AM and he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc